Prince Died from HIV/AIDS, Sources Say
Singer suffered from dehydration, flu & exhaustion
Sadly Prince Rogers Nelson passed away April 21, 2016, aged 57. Two days before, a confidential source came to SMObserved.com and told us that Prince was dying of AIDS. Our source said Prince contracted HIV in the 90's which he kept private. HIV/AIDS has yet to be confirmed officially as the cause of death. But if he died from some other cause, just two days after we heard he was dying of HIV/AIDS . . . well, it would be a remarkable coincidence.
Prince's death leaves the world with a mystery. Back in the licentious 1980's and 1990's, Prince got around-- he even asked out this writer a couple of times! (Like Prince, I used to go clubbing. To this day, we have mutual friends). But more recently, the singer had a reputation for athletic shows and clean, sober living. As time went by, his public persona became less sexual and more religious.
Prince has had a very weakened immune system over the past weeks, with those close to him reporting he had the flu. His plane made an emergency landing on April 15 due to a sick passenger -- the singer himself.
According to his publicist, Prince had recently been admitted to a hospital for dehydration and influenza. However, TMZ reports that an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois 6 days before his death, was made so that the singer could be rushed to a hospital and administered a "save shot" to counteract the effects of an opiate. Moline is just 48 minutes by air from the Singer's Minneapolis home, so landing the plane on an emergency basis there indicates Prince's medical issue had become so acute, it just couldn't wait.
Emergency services in Minneapolis arrived on scene at 9:43 AM Thursday, to find the iconic singer dead in an elevator at his "Paisley Park" home and studio, said a spokesman for the local paramedics. The man who was the life of so many parties, died alone in an elevator.
Witness reports had Prince pacing a parking lot at a Walgreen's Wednesday night, looking worried and upset. More details on his condition are no doubt forthcoming. But we have heard that Prince believed he had been cured of a chronic condition through faith. Encouraged by those around him, he stopped taking his medications. The condition returned, but it was too late for medication.
The rock star had long been rumored to have contracted HIV/AIDS, which he was not medicating due to his membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses church. Our sources are saying Prince developed HIV in the 1990's, but more recently a couple friends and radical church goers, convinced him to withdraw from using protease inhibitors or other medications.
On April 29th, local Police said paramedics had driven to Paisley Park 4 times since 2013. They would not tell us the reason for the calls, but it seems a resident had a chronic condition for them to attend. Rumors have the singer using Percocet, a pain killer. This does not exclude a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.
Some Jehovah's Witnesses are known to forego modern medicine in favor of prayer. Other Jehovah's Witnesses take issue with this interpretation of their religion.
Prince became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001 following a two-year-long debate with friend and fellow Jehovah's Witness musician, Larry Graham. Prince said that he didn't consider it a conversion, but a "realization." "It's like Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix," he explained. He attended meetings at a local Kingdom Hall and occasionally knocked on people's doors to discuss his faith.
Praise for the Purple One's music poured in from around the globe. The Los Angeles Times reported that "Prince succeeded as often as he failed, but that's precisely why his music was great." "This is what it sounds like, when doves cry," said the Rolling Stone. President Barack Obama called Prince "one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time," who set new musical boundaries. Elton John called him "The best performer that I have ever seen." At Coachella's second weekend, the giant music festival in the desert East of LA; several artists performed tributes to Prince. These included LCD Soundsystem, which performed Prince hit Controversy. English pop singer Ellie Goulding sang When Doves Cry. 76 year old Mavis Staples, the R&B great once signed to Prince's label, broke down with emotion as he sang Purple Rain.
By some reports, Prince needed double hip-replacement surgery since 2005 but would not undergo the operation, not a bloodless surgery, because Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions. The condition was rumored to have been aggravated by repeated onstage dancing in high-heeled boots. However, when Prince was interviewed in 2010, journalist Peter Willis said that he believed the rumors of Prince needing double hip surgery to be unfounded and untrue, as Prince appeared to be agile.
Prince is renowned as an innovator and widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound." His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7, 1958, the son of two musicians. He developed an interest in music at an early age, writing his first song at age seven. After recording songs with his cousin's band "94 East," 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You" in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney. His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover".
His next three records -- Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982)-furthered his success, showcasing Prince's trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporating of elements of funk, dance, and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.
After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released a critically acclaimed double album Sign "O" the Times (1987) as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol (Prince logo.svg), also known as the "Love Symbol".
He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros .; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He has released 15 albums since then, including his latest, HITnRUN Phase One, which was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on September 7, 2015 before being released on CD on September 15, 2015 by NPG Records.
During his lifetime, Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. CNBC summarized his career as follows:
Prince began his career at the age of 19
He released 39 albums
He won seven Grammy awards
He sold over 100 million albums worldwide
His classic "Purple Rain" soundtrack, released in 1984, sold 13 million copies alone and enjoyed 25 weeks on top music charts
His movies, "Purple Rain" and "Graffiti Bridge," grossed $73 million worldwide
40 top 100 hits, including five No. 1 songs
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
His 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance drew 140 million viewers
Prince's numerous charitable works, often done anonymously, are just now coming to light. In Oakland, it has been reported recently, he donated anonymously so that community youth could learn to code, and so that local homeowners could purchase solar panels. Recent reports are that Prince's sister, his next of kin and only full sibling, intends to turn Paisley Park into a Graceland like museum, which she believes was her brother's intent. One thing is for sure: Prince was a kind and gentle man, in addition to being a truly great artist. Ultimately, Prince will be remembered for how he lived rather than how he died. -- Christine Peake
Update: The National Enquirer has now confirmed that Prince died of HIV/AIDS, and run with this story. See http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/prince-dead-aids-cause-of-death/
See also: Authorities remain cagey about Prince's Death:
And: When Doves Cry, http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/04/22/entertainment/when-doves-cry/1260.html
Musicians Die, but Never the Music. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/04/22/opinion/prince-musicians-die-but-never-the-music/1262.html
Value of Prince's Estate Will Only Rise: http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/04/22/news/in-death-princes-popularity-will-rise-from-the-ashes/1268.html
Prince had been dead for six hours before his body was found: Report:
Half of Prince's Estate may go to taxman: http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/06/09/people/half-of-princes-estate-may-go-to-taxman-says-bremer-trust-managing-singers-estate/1392.html
This story has been updated several times as facts develop, most recently on June 9, 2016 at 10:50 A.M. PST.