Prince Had Numerous Health Issues Leading to Death
As R&B fans around the globe mourn the loss of Prince at age 57, we can't help but note how relatively young the "When Doves Cry" singer was at the time of his passing. Sadly, health issues both confirmed and rumored plagued the songwriter for years.
In 2009, the star spoke about his lifelong battle with epilepsy, telling Tavis Smiley he began having seizures as a little boy. He cited the condition — and the teasing from fellow students he endured because of it — as the reason he developed such a flamboyant, unusual persona.
More recently, the singer was rumored to have been in dire need of a double hip replacement surgery but was unwilling to undergo the procedure due to his religious beliefs. As a Jehovah's Witness, Prince was adamantly against receiving blood transfusions.
In addition to his physical challenges, the "Purple Rain" singer by his own admission struggled with mental illness as well. “During the Dirty Mind period I would go into fits of depression and get physically ill,” he told Rolling Stone back in 1985.
That takes us to last week, when Prince was rushed to a Moline, Illinois hospital following an emergency plane landing at a nearby airport. The singer was later said to be suffering a severe bout of the flu, and was later seen when he hosted a dance party at his Paisley Park estate.
"Wait a few days before you waste any prayers," he reportedly told one attendee.
That comment takes on an eerie tone in hindsight. Days later he was found dead at that same estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
While we don't yet know the cause of death — though sources say it's likely due to the severe flu that ailed him last week —we will update with more details about the circumstances leading to his death as they arise.