As you know by now, Pop singer Prince died tragically on Thursday morning (April 21) at the age of 57.
As we are all still dealing with the heartbreaking loss Prince’s death, we’re now faced with rumors that the pop legend died from AIDS-related complications or possibly from a drug overdose.
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Sources told the Santa Monica Observer, a free weekly newspaper, that Prince contracted HIV in the 1990s and that his faith (he was a Jehovah’s Witness) may have kept him from taking medications, instead turning to God for a cure.
Meanwhile, celebrity website TMZ is reporting that Prince was treated for an opiate overdose just days before his death.
To be clear, though, there has been no official cause of death released.
The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but what we do know is that Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had been battling the flu for a couple of weeks.
The flu by itself can be a dangerous illness, but it’s 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.
Just days ago, Blind Gossip reported that it had received a tip from a “very trusted entertainment insider” that that an HUGE African-American celebrity was suffering from AIDS.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a couple of tweets from other fans who share the same opinion we do.
Again, there is no confirmation if he had AIDS.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in blood transfusions.
As far as other medical treatments, the church says this:
“The vast majority of medical treatments do not conflict with Bible principles. Therefore, personal choice is involved. One Witness might decide to accept a particular medicine or treatment, while another Witness might reject that same treatment.”
Previous rumors said that Prince refused to get a needed double-hip replacement because of his religion. Again, just rumors.
Prince was flying to a concert in Atlanta, Georgia when his airplane was forced to land in Illinois because he wasn’t feeling well. At the time it was reported that Prince had the flu, and he was rushed to a hospital after his plane landed in the middle of the night.
As far as the heroin overdose rumor, TMZ reports that when Prince’s plane made an emergency landing in Illinois last week, it wasn’t because of the flu.
“Multiple sources … tell us [TMZ], Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a ‘save shot’ … typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.”
Prince’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed the sad news of the singer’s death to the media.
She wrote in an official statement, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
In the United States of America today, there are 1.2 million people living with HIV.
In 2012, there were 12K+ HIV-related deaths.
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