2016 has claimed another legendary musician. PRINCE passed away yesterday morning at his Paisley Park compound just outside Minneapolis. And he was only 57.
He was found unresponsive in an elevator, and paramedics weren’t able to revive him. He was pronounced dead less than 25 minutes later.
There’s no word on a cause of death. An autopsy will be done sometime today. TMZ has a photo of him leaving a pharmacy on Wednesday night. Supposedly, it was the fourth time he’d been there this week.
His people say he’d been suffering from flu-like symptoms for the past few weeks. And last Thursday, he performed a show in Atlanta, but got so sick on the flight home that his private plane had to make an emergency landing.
Then he was hospitalized and released. And on Saturday, he showed up at a dance party and told the crowd that he’d be fine. He said, quote, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” Which is kind of ominous.
But TMZ says the plane made an emergency landing because he’d suffered an OVERDOSE.
Sources say he was rushed to the hospital so doctors could give him a so-called “save shot” to counteract the effects of an opiate.
According to TMZ, the doctors told him to stay in the hospital for 24 hours, but Prince and his entourage left after just THREE hours because he couldn’t get a private room. And when he left, he was, quote, “not doing well.”
There’s no official comment on any of that . . . but obviously if that was the case Prince would’ve been in a weak state, especially if he was still using drugs.
Meanwhile, the “Santa Monica Observer” is floating another theory. They have anonymous sources saying Prince died of AIDS. Supposedly he contracted it back in the ’90s, but was on meds to keep it under control.
He was also a Jehovah’s Witness . . . and supposedly he was recently convinced to STOP taking the medications and leave it up to God and prayer. That seems suspect though, because he’s been a member of the church for about 20 years. So why would he just NOW give up the medication?