Pop music legend Prince was “preparing to die for a little while” after being diagnosed with AIDS six months before his actual death, according to reports.
The National Enquirer interviewed a music industry insider who messaged friends on April 19 to inform them of his condition. “He was in bad shape,” the source told the Enquirer magazine. “Doctors told Prince his blood count was unusually low and that his body temperature had dropped dangerously below the normal 98.6 degrees to 94 degrees.”
He added that “He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up.”
The music icon was diagnosed HIV positive six months ago, but the AIDS virus was contracted in the 1990s. The star refused to undergo treatment due to his faith as a member of Jehova’s witness. He believed that he could be cured by praying.
Prescription painkillers were found at Prince’s house in Minnesota where he was found dead. According to a source, Prince had to visit the local pharmacy to get the prescriptions for quelling the pains he suffered from what was reported to be influenza.
“The last night, though, we sensed he was in trouble. One girl said he had foreign medication and thought it was Zika virus or something, but my friend who knows the meds says he’s sure it was HIV meds,” Radar Online quoted the source as saying. “I wouldn’t say he’s like a part of the family but he came in and always showed interest in us.”
Last week, the singer was found unresponsive by the paramedics inside the lift of his Paisley Park compound. Though the cause of his death is still unknown, according to reports by TMZ, he was being treated for a drug overdose and not flu.
After an emergency landing of his private jet, which according to his representatives was due to severe symptoms of flu, Prince was taken to a hospital. It was also reported that he was released within three hours because the hospital was unable to provide a private room for him. However, doctors had advised him to remain in the hospital for 24 hours, News.com.au reported.