2 years following the death of the legendary Prince, his family is suing Dr Schulenberg for “failure to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognizable opioid addiction.”

The family of the singer – whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson – is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000. Prince was found unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park Studios, Minnesota, on 21 April 2016. An investigation revealed he had experienced significant pain for a number of years, and hundreds of painkillers of various types were found at his house. Evidence showed Prince had thought he was taking the prescription drug, Vicodin, when in fact he was taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill laced with potentially deadly fentanyl. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that the pills that killed Prince had been prescribed by a doctor. In April, following a two-year investigation, they said they had found no evidence of intentional wrongdoing.

The lawsuit that the family’s lawyer presented to the court reads, “He (Dr Schulenberg) failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognizable opioid addiction, and further failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction. These departures from the standard of acceptable medical practice had a substantial part in bringing about Prince’s death.”

Dr Schulenberg’s lawyer, Paul Peterson, intends to defend his client and issued a statement saying, “We understand this situation has been difficult on everyone close to Mr Nelson and his fans across the globe. Be that as it may, Dr Schulenberg stands behind the care that Mr Nelson received. We intend to defend this case.”

As well as Dr Schulenberg, the lawsuit also names North Memorial Health Care, where Dr Schulenberg worked, Walgreens stores, which dispenses medication, and UnityPoint Health.