As you know by now, Prince died tragically on Thursday morning at the age of fifty-seven.
The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s believed that Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) died because of a drug overdose. TMZ has reported that the singer had overdosed on Percocet five days before his death, forcing his private plane to make an emergency landing and doctors to administer a “save shot” which reportedly saved his life. But before that story about the previous drug overdose had been made public, it was believed that the emergency landing was made because Prince had been battling a severe case of the flu.
For what it’s worth, Prince’s lawyer and former manager denies that he was on “any drugs that would be any cause for concern.”
Update–04/28/16: According to AP, Prescription drugs were found with Prince at death scene.
Update–4/28/2016: The Daily Mail now reports that Prince had been diagnosed with AIDS six months prior to his death, and that the singer contracted HIV during the mid-nineties. The newspaper is also reporting that he was refusing treatment because he believed God would heal him.
This is sounding more and more similar to the rumors that were swirling immediately after his death.
Update–4/27/2016: New reports from The National Enquirer and Radar Online suggest that even though Prince may have actually died from a drug overdose, the singer may still have had AIDS. The National Enquirer wrote this story, according to a music industry source close to Prince:
He was in bad shape. 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 was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up.
But back to the flu. The flu by itself can be a dangerous illness, but it would have been highly irregular for a fifty-seven-year-old man with millions of dollars and access to the best possible healthcare could die from the flu. Not impossible, just irregular.
However, Prince’s death could be easily explained if it was discovered that he had AIDS. Many fans of his believe that’s the case.
So did Prince actually have AIDS? We don’t have an answer, but we’re not the only ones who think that’s a likelihood. Just last week, BlindGossip posted a blind item about a popular African American celebrity.
Here’s the full post:
We just received word that a VERY popular African American celebrity – who has recently been in the news – now has what is being described as AIDS. Obviously since we are not able to 100% confirm the story – we’re going to leave it as a Blind Item. We want to make it clear we are NOT talking about Magic Johnson.
This report really hurt our heart.
According to a person extremely close to the situation, the celebrity, who is known for having a very extreme sexual past reportedly contracted the illness sometime in the 1990s. He kept the illness quiet but began taking his medication religiously up until about 2 years ago. Here’s what we’re told by a VERY trusted entertainment insider:
[The celebrity] believed that he was cured, and he had some crazy [religious] people who told him that God cured him. So he stopped taking his medication and the sickness came back. Now doctors say he’s dying, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
We’re told that the celebrity is expected to get sicker and sicker, and eventually pass. It can happen as soon as the summer.
Very sad news.
BlindGossip has been wrong in the past, but they’ve also hit the nail on the head.
I think it’s important to note that Prince was around during an age when people really had no idea about AIDs/HIV or any of the dangers that unprotected sex could have.
Again, we don’t know if he had AIDS, but personally I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to think that he could have been HIV positive. If he then went off his medication as those sources had said, then he would have gotten AIDs, which would have then led to the flu.
In the United States of America today, there are 1.2 million people living with HIV. In 2012, there were 12K+ HIV-related deaths.
Here are a couple of tweets from other fans who share the same opinion we do.