Prince used Percocet to treat persistent pain from hip and ankle injuries starting in 2006

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Prince Treated Hip and Ankle Pain with Percocet Starting in 2006

After a law enforcement source told CBS News that prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession at the time of his death, ET has more insight into the music icon's alleged use of prescribed medicine.

A source close to the situation tells ET that Prince began taking Percocet in 2006 when his pain first started, adding that Prince had ankle and hip problems for years and had hip replacement surgery in 2010.

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According to E!, a source claimed that Prince refused to have the needed blood transfusion during his surgery because it conflicted with his Jehovah's Witness beliefs, and used Percocet to cope with the discomfort.

Previously, Prince's longtime collaborator Sheila E. told ET that she had no knowledge of Prince taking pills, but did say that "he was in pain all the time."

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US artist singer and songwriter Prince performs on stage during his concert in Antwerp Sportpaleis, on November 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO /BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince and Ida Nielsen, Hannah Ford Welton and Donna Grantis of his band 3rdEyeGirl present an award at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Prince Rogers Nelson is better known as just Prince and is pictured where is spends a lot of his time; on concert stage around the world. Denmark 2013. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige (L) and recording artist Prince perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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"I mean, you think about all the years he was jumping off those risers," she recalled. "They were not low -- they were very, very high -- and to jump off that ... First of all, the Purple Rain tour and the way that they were stacked, he had those heels on. We did a year of touring [and] for him to jump off of that -- just an entire year would have messed up his knees."

The Midwest Medical Examiner's office has not released any information about the singer's autopsy, which was performed on Friday, including whether or not toxicology reports indicate that drugs played a role in Prince's death.

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The singer was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive in an elevator on his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, last Thursday. Just a week earlier, his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, where he was transported to a nearby hospital.

According to TMZ, sources claimed the landing was in response to Prince suffering from a life-threatening Percocet overdose.

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