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Doctor: Danny Gans Was Using Old Painkiller Prescription

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    Doctor: Danny Gans Was Using Old Painkiller Prescription

    A Henderson physician who says he treated Danny Gans for pain says the entertainer had a 5-year-old prescription for the potent painkiller blamed for the Las Vegas Strip headliner's accidental death.

    But pain specialist Dr. Michael Fishell said Friday that medical records show Gans did not have a current prescription for hydromorphone in Nevada or California.

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    Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy this week blamed the May 1 death of the 52-year-old singer and impressionist on "acute hydromorphone toxicity" and "chronic pain syndrome."

    Hydromorphone is commonly known as Dilaudid.

    Fishell first spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Thursday. The doctor says Gans told him he didn't want to take drugs because feared they would dry out his vocal cords.