Revealed : Prince Died Of AIDS, Refused To Take ARVs Because Of Jehova Witness’ Church Beliefs
A music industry source interviewed by The National Enquirer messaged friends on April 19 to say the singer was suffering from the disease.
“He was in bad shape,” the source claimed to the newspaper, as reported by Radar Online.
“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.”
The magazine claims the Purple Rain star was diagnosed with AIDS six months ago after contracting the HIV positive virus “in the 1990s”.
However due to his Jehovah’s Witness faith he refused medical treatment instead believing he could be cured by prayer.
“God can and will cure me,” he is alleged to have told friends.
Members of his faith are also claimed to have told him to ignore saying to the singer he had “everlasting life”.
According to the Enquirer the disease saw him lose more than five stone in weight with the source telling them: “His face was yellowish, the skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of fingers were a brownish-yellow.”
Prince’s death last Thursday came five days after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing after he is suspected to have overdosed on the painkiller Percocet.
Days before he was dead in a lift at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minneapolis, he had been seen making runs to a local pharmacy to pick up bags of prescriptions.
An employee at the Walgreens that served Prince him said: “We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, ‘We are praying for you.’”
A day after his death Prince, 57, was cremated in a private ceremony attended by only three family members including his sister Tyka Nelson, 55.
The claims of Prince suffering from AIDS came as the Mirror learnt he was forced to return to touring in order to boost his finances after it was discovered his spending outstripped his income.
Despite his work being valued at more than £150 million he is said to have suffered “chronic money problems” for years before his death.