Reports say mega-star went off his HIV medication because of his religious beliefs.
As we are all still dealing with the heartbreaking loss of Prince, we’re now faced with multiple reports that the pop legend died from AIDS-related complications.
The National Enquirer has reported that Prince was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS six months ago after going off his medication to treat HIV, which he contracted in the 1990s, believing that God would cure him.
Meanwhile, the Mirror Online lifted the veil on Prince's final months, weeks and days, describing a terribly sick man who died alone after putting all his faith in religion to cure him and who felt he had no choice but to perform concerts to alleviate his financial woes.
The Enquirer's AIDS diagnosis matches an earlier report from the Santa Monica Observer, a free weekly newspaper, which also quoted insider sources.
Prince’s health had been deteriorating for weeks, and he’d been suffering from an extreme case of the flu for a couple of weeks. If the mega-star had indeed developed full-blown AIDS, his body would have had a hard time fighting off a flu bug.
The Enquirer quotes a source as saying: “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.”
Days before his death, 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 what was the insider said:
"[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."
"Our sources are saying Prince developed HIV in the 1990s, but more recently a couple friends and radical church goers, convinced him to withdraw from using protease inhibitors or other medications," reports the Santa Monica Observer.
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."
Five days before Prince's death, his jet made an emergency landing after a suspected overdose on the painkiller Percoset, according the Mirror.
According to a TMZ report, "Multiple sources ... tell us, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a 'save shot' ... typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate."
And just days before, Prince visited a pharmacy near his home to pick up prescriptions. The Mirror report states:
"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.’ ”
Prince was buried in small private ceremony attended by three family members. His body was cremated.