Born in America on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson best known as Prince, rocked the world and gained the hearts of many. He was a singer-songwriter, actor, director, and record producer. He played almost all instruments on his recordings and often sang in higher vocal ranges that could have sounded like a female"s tenor.
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Prince is Announced Dead
His untimely death at 57, on April 21st, 2016 shocked the world and saddened the hearts of many. However, the US report as published in The Enquirer stated that he was well aware of his condition but refused treatment. The musician who was reported to be "very weak and iron-deficient" was unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. His death came close to a month after Billboard magazine announced that he was working on a memoir titled "The Beautiful Ones". The project that was not complete at the time of his death got published later in October 2019. Thanks to his collaborators who continued working on the book even after his death.
The musician, who had a specific interest in the color purple- sources say he bought the purple house secretly, went around campaigning and creating awareness of HIV/AIDS in 1998. This is following years back after his songs like "Sexy Dancer" and "Erotic City" in the early 90s were allegedly making him have rampant sex; as word says that he could have contracted the virus in 1990. However, it was not confirmed whether truth or allegations because no one has stepped forward with proof claiming that he was HIV-positive; but sources to The National Enquirer stated that the musician got diagnosed with the virus 6 months before his death.
His close friends say that he had been "preparing to die" by praying, this is following his new faith"s journey in the Jehovah"s Witness, in 2003. He devoted himself to the faith and never played his Sexy MF songs live again. It is said he even created a swear box in his house and anyone using "cuss" words close to him would be seriously charged by him. The penalty for using "cuss" words such as "damn" attracted between $3 and $20.
According to sources from The National Enquirer, he clung to his new faith and refused treatment with antiretroviral therapy. The six months diagnosis before his death is when it was learned of Prince being in the Full-blown stage of the virus. Claims state that his family had been requesting police officers not to release his "lifestyle" information in fear of that dark tainting his legacy.
What is HIV/AIDS?
Abbreviated as HIV, it is Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDs is Acquired Immune deficiency syndrome.
The virus has no sure treatment but only immune-boosting medicines prescribed by qualified health practitioners. So, it has no cure but constant treatment can help increase the lifespan of the victim. Prince"s diagnose showed him to have been in the full-blown stage of the virus, which is the fourth and last stage of the disease after the following stages.
Stage 1: HIV Infection: it is the point of entrance of the virus into the body. In addition, anyone infected with it gets flu-like illness signaling the body"s response naturally to the virus.
Stage 2: Asymptomatic: here you may look okay but deep down the virus is replicating to new cells damaging the body"s immune system.
Stage 3: Symptomatic: the more time the victim takes without starting treatment procedures, the more their immune weakens and loses its ability to fight even weak illnesses.
Stage 4: Full-blown:- The AIDs part of the disease gets full access to the body and takes over its immune system. At this point taking the body back to its normal functioning is quite impossible. Here any illness can easily affect and put down the person because the body is generally weak.
Later Stage of AIDS
So after being found with this last stage which is also the grave stage, Prince needed apt treatment. In addition, doctors were already complaining of his low blood count and a close associate even said, he was not taking his meals because if he did, it would all come back up. This is an expected symptom considering the victim is too demoralized and may have lost hope of healing.
Despite Prince being advised to be monitored for some time to regain his stability- that is all the doctors could try, he rejected and held on tight to his new faith believing in healing through praying not any form of hospital treatment. Members of his church, Jehovah"s Witness were overheard to have told him to ignore the false hospital treatment advice and concentrate on his "everlasting life" ahead of him. He is said to have claimed that God would heal him if he liked, so basically the point of the doctor"s directions and taking Antiretroviral that help strengthens the body"s immune was not going to be any part of him.
Whether Prince had the virus or not, other major health issues were raised that might have taken part in his frail state. Earlier, he had a hip dislocation that was attended to from home by a doctor, but it was worried that in his constant shows, he stopped the healing process of the hip and worsened it, bit by bit.
It is very saddening losing such a promising artist who took his time to create awareness for HIV and did not shy from it in his music. The 1987"s "Sign "O" The Times" starts with a line explaining a "..A skinny man in France...Dying of a huge disease with a little name..." His 2004 song about the unending racism worldwide, "Dear Mr. Man" has the lyric "ain"t no assistance in AIDS"
Before Prince"s Death
Six days before his death, when leaving Atlanta, Prince"s pilot had to make emergency landing in Moline, Illinois after he allegedly overdosed on Percocet, a painkiller. However, his representatives informed our source that he was just battling the fluâ€¦this was not connecting; considering he was 45 minutes away from home. Had it been flu, it would not have necessitated the quick landing. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors injected him a "save shot" aimed at helping him to counteract opiate effects. Doctors advised him to stay in hospital until he got stable but he flew home a few hours later when he failed to get a private room allocated to him as he had asked for.
The next day after his jet"s emergency landing, he surprisingly appeared at a party in Minnesota, focusing on cutting off the speculations that his health was failing him; however, he did not perform at the party.
A surveillance camera picked him exiting his local pharmacy where he went to pick prescribed drugs. An employee in Walgreens recalls having told him that they were praying for him after seeing him in a beat state. His answer however was a shocker but it was more of an honest answer from someone who had already given up the fight and lost hope- could be true as it was alleged of him preparing for his death by "praying".
His answer to the promised prayers was that the prayers would have been helpful if they had been offered a year ago, but then it was too late. However, he is said to say thanks almost under his breath and waved.
According to the Mirror, Prince had to embark on his tours to boost his funding. However, it is not understandable why he had to seek more cash despite his deteriorating health and his projects being worth about Â£150 million. He closed down many opportunities to boost his finances including TV shows and licensing of his songs.
Braving the effects of the fourth and scariest stage of the virus, he toured Australia in a bid to earn more cash. Prince must have heard a strong will for what he wanted to do because no one can figure out how he managed the body full of pain and sat in a plane for 36 hours. He sure was getting the money but he had failed to see his health getting worse and worse.
Police claimed to have received 46 calls of emergencies from the star"s house over 5 years only. They believed his health issue was serious and needed urgent attention and so they handled all his calls with the urgency they needed. On the day of his death, an emergency call was pulled through again however this time around, it is said he died when the ambulance was 20 minutes away.
Launching an investigation into the cause of death because he was found in his home alone, the police got a search warrant and they found prescribed drugs with him. However, they could not tell who prescribed him the fatal drugs. The doctor, who attended to him in Illinois, got summoned to explain what kind of drugs the Percocet was because according to the amount found in his house it was believed he overdosed himself from it to fight the pain that came with the weakening virus.
So findings state that Percocet is a painkiller drug that contains oxycodone that accounts for an increased level of drug abuse. The late Michael Jackson is also said to have been abusing this drug. Prince"s immediate family members; his sister Tyla Nelson and her husband Maurice Philip told the detectives that prince had not slept for six straight days despite having taken sleep-inducing painkillers.
Fears are that Prince may have been using over-prescription drugs that led him to overdose at the jet. The police, therefore, launched an investigation to know whether a physician authorized the star"s drugs or whether they were prescriptions only.
However, clashing reports from different persons including Prince"s lawyer emerged. The lawyer denied that Prince was hooked to opiates for 25 years as was allegedly stated, he said there was no need to worry over that; Prince"s Insomnia as reported by the family collides with reports that he took high-level inducing sleep painkillers but still did not sleep for 154 hours.
The Aids issue was however kept aside as all eyes focused on the possibility of an over prescription. His fans got disturbed after the police released footage showing Prince at some Doctor"s hospital for his prescription. Concerning claims from his fans and family were raised to the police over possible connection between the unknown doctor and Doctor Conrad Murray who faced charges for the death of Michael Jackson.
Midwest Medics released the autopsy results 2 months after his death. The results determined that he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that was "self-administered". An internal source from the hospital explains that opioid is more than 50 times as powerful as heroin. The results were however categorical that it was an accidental overdose and so no one would account for it.
In April 2019, the police wing in charge of investigating Prince"s death, Carver County Police concluded its investigation. The Carver County Attorney said the musician thought he was calming the pain effects with a normal painkiller, but instead he was taking a forged painkiller laced with fentanyl. Mark Metz, the County Attorney said it remains unknown how the star got the deadly pills or from who had, he got them. The pictures and videos obtained from his Paisley Park home did not provide any lead either to those questions.
An interview with Prince"s representatives including his body bodyguard told the police that he did not know his boss had an opioid addiction before his passing out on a plane the week before his demise. The bodyguard, Johnson then took an initiative and took him to his doctor because Prince had not been to a doctor before.
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A report from the investigators also shows that Prince"s confidants stated him to be a private person and Johnson, tried respecting that but he seemed angered by how his boss managed to hide that so well.