Prince Died From AIDS: Reports
Genre-defying music legend Prince died Thursday from complications due to AIDS, according to published reports.
While no official confirmation on the cause of Prince’s sudden death has been issued, a source has told the Santa Monica Observer that the musician died from the blood-borne disease after getting it sometime in the early 90’s.
The report follows a blind item from celebrity rumor website Blind Gossip published only three days before the star’s death that “a VERY popular African American celebrity – who has recently been in the news – now has what is being described as AIDS. [….] We want to make it clear we are NOT talking about Magic Johnson.”
Blind Gossip went on to describe the unnamed star as someone “who is known for having a very extreme sexual past,” a description that fits the history of Prince.
According to both the Observer and Blind Gossip, Prince kept his illness hidden from the public. Blind Gossip claims the star was taking medication “religiously” until two years ago, when he believed that God had “cured” him and stopped treatment.
Prince became a devout Jehova’s Witness in 2001. Some Jehova’s Witnesses shun modern medicine practices, including blood transfusions, in favor of prayer.
It is believed Prince may have been inspired to stop treatment after hearing about another Jehova’s Witness, who contracted the disease yet continues to live after stopping his medication.
“We’re told that the celebrity is expected to get sicker and sicker, and eventually pass,” reported Blind Gossip. “It can happen as soon as the summer.”
Prince made news on April 15 when his private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois following a concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Sources told TMZ that the singer had been battling the flu for several weeks and had to cancel appearances on April 7, but wanted to make the Atlanta event.
More information came out about the emergency landing after Prince’s death. He reportedly got a “save shot,” usually administered to patients suffering from a drug overdose. Doctors wanted him to stay 24 hours for observation, but Prince’s handlers refused when they could not secure a private room for him. The musician was treated and released after 3 hours; he was described as “not doing well” when he left.
Prince held a dance party several days after the emergency room visit to assure fans he was doing well. According to the Mirror, he told guests to “wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” Some have now taken this to mean Prince knew his time would soon come to an end.
Prince was found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park studio at 9:30am local time on April 21. He was reportedly seen anxiously pacing back and forth in the parking lot the night before. He was 57.
UPDATE (2016.04.27): Blind Gossip stands by its original piece about Prince having died from AIDS. People Magazine has also reported on Prince having HIV/AIDS, simply referring to it as a “serious and ongoing illness” “which made his immune system weak”:
A source who worked with him a few years ago believes he was grappling with a serious and ongoing illness at the time.
“The people close to him were very concerned for his health and indicated he’d been undergoing treatments which made his immune system weak,” the source tells People.
The National Enquirer is set to release an issue covering Prince’s “tragic details about the troubling personal decisions” that caused him to die from HIV/AIDS. The article claims Prince was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS six months before he died, but refused treatment, believing he could be cured through prayer.
The Enquirer also claims Prince’s family and handlers are working overtime to cover up the fact that Prince did in fact from AIDS:
And now the Prince’s loved ones are showing interest in hiding the true cause of his death. According to the insider, Prince’s family is already banging on coroner’s door and demanding officials heavily redact any public autopsy report “to spare family, friends and fans” any information “about his lifestyle that’s sure to come.”