Prince (the purple singer) died of Aids and had been preparing for his death “for a while,” it has been reported.
The Purple Rain singer, a Jehovah’s Witness, was diagnosed with the condition six months before his sudden death, according to the National Enquirer.
The singer “had been preparing to die for a while,” and his weight had plummeted to just 80lbs, a source told the American tabloid.
He is also alleged to have refused medical treatment, saying “God can cure me,” according to the National Enquirer’s front page story on the affair.
“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,” they said.
“He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up.
“His face was yellowish, the skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of fingers were a brownish-yellow,” they added.
It was also reported that Prince was seen making runs to a local pharmacy shortly before his death to pick up treatment for what is believed to have been a painful and severe case of influenza.
“We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, ‘We are praying for you,” a source told the National Enquirer.
“He said, almost under his breath, ‘Maybe if you prayed for me a year ago it’d be different right now.”
Then he waved and said thanks anyway,” they added.
It comes as sources close to the investigation into the circumstances of Prince’s death said he was in possession of prescription painkillers when he passed away.
According to CNN and the Star Tribune, the painkillers were found on Prince shortly after his death aged 57 at his home in Minneapolis.
The reports were based on anonymous police sources.
The National Enquirer has also claimed that Prince suffered from an addiction to Percoet, which he was using to try and dull his pain during the final stages of his life.
However, L. Londell McMillan, who knew Prince for 25 years and at once point worked as his manager denies this and insists the singer did not have addiction issues.
HIV is a virus which attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight diseases.
It is most commonly caught through unprotected sex, but can also be transmitted by sharing needles.
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Though there is no cure, anti-viral drugs allow most sufferers who take them to live lengthy and healthy lives.
It can however develop into Aids, a more seriously and potentially fatal condition where the body is too weak to fight off infections.
The National Enquirer claims Prince was diagnosed with HIV back in the 1990s, but it developed into Aids at the end of last year.
A statement from Prince’s family and friend’s issued shortly after his death said it was caused by influenza, an illness which could prove fatal to an Aids sufferer due to their weakened immune defences.
Representatives for Prince are yet to respond to the allegations.
First Top 10 hit
From his album 1999, Little Red Corvette was his first single to reach the Top 10 in the US, peaking at number 6. The breakthrough hit attracted a rock audience and it was his first song to perform better on the pop chart than the R&B chart.
Purple Rain, the soundtrack from the film of the same name, was Prince’s first album to be recorded with his backing group The Revolution. Deemed the most pop-orientated album the artist ever made, it included the smash hits When Doves Cry and the song Purple Rain. The album topped the charts for six months and secured Prince’s place in rock history. When Doves Cry was the US single of the year and topped the American charts for five weeks, preventing Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In the Darkfrom reaching number one.
Sign O’ The Times
At the height of his pop powers, this boldly free-ranging and charmingly messy double album showcased Prince diving into electrofunk, soul, psychedelia, heavy rock, gospel, blues and folk to bring back messages from the dark side of Eighties angst, taking its cue from the taut, apocalyptic title track.
The Artist Formerly Known As…
In the early-’90s, Prince had a huge falling out with his label Warner Bros. over differences in the details in his contract. The year before, he released his 12th album Love Symbol Album, with its unpronounceable symbol on the cover (later copyrighted as Love Symbol #2). The label wanted the album’s song 7 to be the first single but Prince insisted on releasing My Name Is Prince. He got his way but the song only reached a disappointing number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, he changed his name to the album’s symbol. With most people unsure how to pronounce the ‘squiggle’, the press referred to Prince as ‘The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’.
Becomes Prince again
Grammy Awards performance
Prince opened the Grammy Awards with Beyonce, performing his songs Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, and Baby I’m a Star, along with Beyonce’s Crazy in Love.
Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
During the closing ceremony, he teamed up with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others, and played rip-roaring version of the song-ending solo on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
In August and September of 2007, Prince played a 21 date residency at London’s O2 arena. Over 350,000 fans attended and the series made a reported $22,052,026 in revenue.
Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame
The Recording Academy adds Prince’s album Purple Rain into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame, alongside Ray Charles’ Genius + Soul = Jazz, Weather Report’sHeavy Weather and singles such as The Beatles’ Penny Lane and The Animals’ We Gotta Get out of This Place.
Secret London gigs
Prince delighted fans with a series of surprise gigs in London, backed by his new band 3RDEYEGIRL.The gigs, some in front of fewer than 300 fans, came after he flew into London to promote his new album, recorded with the all-female trio.