The legendary singer passed away last week, but a cause of death is yet to be confirmed!
I grew up with Prince, being born in 74, 10 years on Purple Rain the album was released, It was a big hit in my house especially with Two older brothers who were up to date with all the latest music, as i grew up i found Prince “a little strange” but i admired his quirkiness, dress sense and the fact that he felt comfortable being a little different, I was so saddened by his sudden death as were so many others around the world, In my eyes he will always be one of pop’s legends.
A music industry source interviewed by The National Enquirer messaged friends on April 19 to say the singer was suffering from the disease.
Apparently he was in pretty bad shape.
“Doctors told Prince his blood count was unusually low and that his body temperature had dropped dangerously below the normal 98.6 degrees to 94 degrees.
“He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented.
Shock National Enquirer front page this week
“He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up.”
The magazine claims the Purple Rain star was diagnosed with AIDS six months ago after contracting the HIV positive virus “in the 1990s”.
However due to his Jehovah’s Witness faith he refused medical treatment instead believing he could be cured by pray.
“God can and will cure me,” he is alleged to have told friends.
Members of his faith are also claimed to have told him to ignore it, saying to the singer he had “everlasting life”.
According to the Enquirer the disease saw him lose more than five stone in weight with the source telling them: “His face was yellowish, the skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of fingers were a brownish-yellow.”
Prince pictured in 2010
Prince’s death last Thursday came five days after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing after he is suspected to have overdosed on the painkiller Percocet.
Days before he was dead in a lift at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minneapolis, he had been seen making runs to a local pharmacy to pick up bags of prescriptions.
An employee at the Walgreens that served Prince said: “We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, ‘We are praying for you.’”A day after his death Prince, 57, was cremated in a private ceremony attended by only three family members including his sister Tyka Nelson, 55.
The claims of Prince suffering from AIDS came as the Mirror learnt he was forced to return to touring in order to boost his finances after it was discovered his spending outstripped his income.
Despite his work being valued at more than £150 million he is said to have suffered “chronic money problems” for years before his death.
The star’s refusal to allow the rights to music and back catalogue to be sold placed an immense strain on his finances, sources close the singer have claimed.
Before his death the singer “consistently shut down” opportunities to fuel his finances, such as licensing his songs to be used in movies, TV shows and commercials.
A source said: “He refused to part with his art.
“He always remained true to his beliefs that his work was his own and despite lucrative offers his music was not for sale.
“To get much needed cash Prince braved the pain barrier to tour Australia earlier this year.
“You can imagine the toll a 36 hour flight would take on his body.
“Although a genius of music, he was not a genius when it came to business.”
Sources close to the star point to how his frequent impulsive shows were poorly planned and involved little promotion, meaning that while some were successful, a lot were staged at a loss.
It had been reported that Prince’s estate was worth in the region of £200 but the figure is said to have been grossly exaggerated.
The rights to his music however have been estimated to be worth upwards of £150 million in the future.
Days before Prince’s death, two American websites posted a story about “a VERY popular African American celebrity” suffering from AIDS who they refused to name.
Leaving you with Purple Rain, Prince you will be missed xx