Before he died last week, Purple Rain singer, Prince, who was known for his music and wild sex life, had been diagnosed with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS, six months earlier. He contracted HIV in the mid-90s but the disease developed into AIDS six months ago.
The 57-year-old Purple Rain singer, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, lost weight considerably at the time of his death and had been “preparing to die for a little while.
Prior to his death, doctors had told Prince that his blood count was unusually low and that his body temperature had dropped dangerously below normal from 98.6 degrees to 94 degrees.
“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,” a Daily Mail report said.
This development comes as sources close to the investigation into the singer’s death claimed that he had prescription painkillers in his possession when he died.
Reports said that the pain-killing substance was found on Prince and that prescription pills were found where he died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
Prince was said to have refused to be treated for AIDS because he believed that God would heal him. He was alleged to have become addicted to Percoet – an opiate medication – that he was using to dull the pain he was suffering in his last months of life.
Unverified statements by those close to the deceased musician, following his death, said he died of influenza, an infection that would likely have proved fatal if his immune system had been decimated by AIDS.
But days before he was found dead in a lift at his Paisley Park mansion in Chanhassen, Minneapolis, Prince had been seen making runs to a local pharmacy to pick up bags of prescriptions.