As fans wait to know what caused the death of music legend Prince at the age of 57, a report by National Enquirer, citing an insider, said that the singer was “preparing to die for a little while” because he was suffering from AIDS. Officials, who conducted an autopsy on the singer’s body, are currently investigating what killed Prince, who was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota Friday.
A source from the music industry messaged National Enquirer, according to Radar Online, saying that Prince had AIDS and was “in a bad shape.” The insider also said: “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,” adding: “He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up.”
The National Enquirer report also cited an employee at Walgreens to say that Prince often picked up medicines and toiletries on his own, according to Radar Online. “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,” the employee reportedly said, adding: “I wouldn’t say he’s like a part of the family but he came in and always showed interest in us.”
The employee also said: “We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, ‘We are praying for you,’” adding: “He said, almost under his breath, ‘Maybe if you prayed for me a year ago it’d be different right now.’ Then he waved and said thanks anyway.”
A report Wednesday by CNN had also cited a law enforcement source to say that a prescription opioid medication was found on Prince. The source added that the investigators were also taking assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to determine the cause of Prince’s death.