There were so many tributes pouring out for the Late Singer/Song Writer/Musician, Prince that I didn’t think it necessary to put out yet another one, listing all of his contributions to the music industry. By now, everyone knows what Prince’s musical portfolio contains over the decades as well as his musical talents.
It bothered me that David Bowie has passed away as seemingly, suddenly as it happened. It was only in learning that he had been ill for quite sometime and had kept it on the hush-hush that one could understand that while still in his prime, he had no choice except to leave this earthly existence. Prince however, was a different story. Not only was it un-expected to the public but seemingly, also to his most trusted of friends, staffers and family members. Although Prince was considered a “private person”, it’s highly unlikely that he wouldn’t have confided any serious illnesses, especially a terminal/dangerous one to at least one of his closest people nor, likely that he would have continued living alone. That’s what makes me think that there was more to this story than we, as the public, may ever know about his sudden, lonely death.
I’ll be up front and blunt in my thoughts here. I don’t for one moment believe that it was “the flu” that ended Prince’s life. While we may never be told the truth in this case and may be told that he died of a “sudden coronary/heart attack”, I believe there were other causes likely unintentionally created by Prince, himself so to speak.
The media has been well known to leap to get headlines and exclusives, often rushing facts or putting 2 and 2 together, arriving at 5 and printing it as though it was gospel truth. Pun about gospel truth not intended given Prince’s religious beliefs. So, it’s hard to swallow everything that the media has spewed out over the past nearly week since Prince was found dead, alone in that elevator by concerned staff who allegedly, came looking for him and found him already dead. The last person to see him alive was at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening when he was dropped off into his huge but empty Paisley estate, alone and having picked up something yet unknown from his local pharmacy. One would think that should Prince have appeared unwell, the friend who dropped him off, would have insisted on staying with him or getting him medical help. At the least, one would like to believe that this friend would have checked in on him afterwards even had Prince insisted on being alone. That may be the case but, it hasn’t been admitted to date. Either that, or Prince appeared fine to his friend. To make matters worse but, understandable, even legal authorities are keeping things under covers as they investigate further and await the autopsy results, expected in coming weeks to months. All of this allows minds to run rampant with theories as to what caused Prince’s death. I am no exception to that group as I am doing the same thing. I wanted to make note of that because this is purely my own opinion and nothing more.
What makes Prince’s death at age 57 hardest to fathom is that there was no real indication of either a serious/terminal/life threatening illness nor, of foul play or suicide. Prince lived not only a “clean/health-nut/vegan lifestyle” and was said to be as healthy as a horse but, he was also a devout Jehovah’s Witness member who both lived and preached his religious beliefs as does pretty much every member of that sector of religion. His hips needed surgery from years of wearing high heels and jumping from higher places while on stage. Prince reportedly, refused surgery because of his religious beliefs it’s believed. While Jehovah’s Witnesses are reportedly, not against surgery or medication, they do take a great stance against blood transfusions. It has been alleged that Prince refused surgery on the grounds that the doctors might have to give him blood if it was needed. Correct or incorrect, what is known is that Prince suffered with a great deal of pain from his hips and was often seen with a cane because of the hips and pain.
The infamous emergency plane stop in Illinois to get an “unresponsive male” (which we now know was Prince) to hospital, some 48 minutes from his home in Minnesota, was rather tell-tale. Some reports first stated that Prince had been hospitalized for “the flu”, was given a “flu shot” and released. That made no sense whatsoever to even a lay person as most of us know that once someone has the flu, a flu shot is not given. An anti-viral med may be given but, not the flu shot. What doesn’t add up with that story is that Prince was allegedly advised to stay in hospital for another 24 hours after the alleged shot, which he allegedly refused upon learning that there were no private rooms available. At least, that’s the way the story has been passed around.
So, if Prince did indeed receive a shot, it was not a flu shot. The mere fact that the hospital had allegedly advised him to remain for 24 hours for observation is more in tune or indicative of him having received what TMZ had reported he received, a shot of Narcan/Naxolone, an antidote to a narcotic or opiate drug over dose. Now, that shot normally comes with the recommendation for the patient to remain supervised under medical care for at least 24 hours and fits more closely with the idea than a shot of an anti-viral medication. However, anything is possible at this point.
When one couples that with the reports of Prince having been seen again after that (or, possibly so) as well as 4 alleged trips to his local pharmacy(s) in the days leading to his death, one can think that perhaps, Prince was still getting prescriptions for narcotic/opiate based meds for his pain or, that he was also given a home kit with Narcan/Naxolone “just in case”. Reports of him having completed a concert, thrown a party and been seen out in public at a record/cd store as well as a favourite night spot in the days leading up to his sudden death and looking either “fine/normal” and finally, “nervous, sweaty, jittery and pale”, seem to possibly be more in line with someone who was either withdrawing from prescription pain meds or, was OD’ing again on them. Again, one can only speculate but, it’s reported that Prince’s “ride” on the Wednesday evening prior to him being pronounced dead some 14 hours later, alone on that elevator, makes one wonder.
The other thing that hit my mind was that with all of Prince’s wealth and “yes people” around him, were Prince to be feeling that ill, does it make sense that he would have stayed alone and not requested either a doctor or a trusted friend and staff member, stay with him while he recuperated? While we know that he was a private workaholic, it isn’t making sense that if he had already collapsed and was un-responsive once due to “the flu”, he wouldn’t have been left alone while not feeling well. Even if were only for someone to make him tea or get him something to eat. It’s not adding up in my mind anyway.
If I am correct in my assumptions then, it’s quite possible that Prince had a stash of Narcan/Naxolone, which can be bought over the counter in that state from larger box chain pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens. It’s been said by others who had visited his Paisley mansion/studio that Prince rarely took the elevator in his home so, the fact that he had taken it that evening, is more leading to the potential assumption that he may have taken more prescription pain meds while working but, had left the Narcan/Naxolone, upstairs in his living quarters and was trying to get to them via the elevator but, never made it that far before collapsing as he did on the plane that night.
Prince, himself, had made mention on a few occasions that he had been born an Epileptic and had seizures as a child. However, he also made the statement during at least one aired interview where he stated that he had told his mother at a very young age that “the angels” told him not to worry, he wouldn’t be sick anymore. He alleged that he hadn’t had another episode after that. It’s rather unlikely that it was a seizure at this point that caused his collapse in that elevator that either Wednesday evening past 8 p.m. or the following morning. Even were it to have been seizure related, unless there was a fall during one with massive head injuries, such as the one that ended my brother’s life in 2011, he would have more than likely woken up and eventually been able to make his way wherever he had been heading. I don’t believe it was seizure related for those reasons either.
Given all that I’ve written above, it sums up to say that I don’t believe Prince died from “the flu”. I believe that while he may have had the flu, it was used as an excuse to the public for the forced landing his plane made that night a week or so before his untimely and sudden death. With what little we do know (trust worthy or not), is appears that he likely was given an antidote dose of Narcan/Naxolone for a prescription narcotic/opiate pain relief med that he’d taken too much of accidentally to get out of pain or, had possibly become addicted to. After all, he had just been on stage prior to this emergency landing in Illinois so, his pain factor would have been great. I do believe that Prince died from a complication or perhaps, an accidental over dose of pain meds and couldn’t reach his home stash of Narcan/Naxolone in time, dying, alone, in that elevator. Police did say that they couldn’t comment on whether or not they had taken something from Prince’s estate during their early investigation nor, would they be able to say what it was as there was an ongoing investigation. Translate that into, “yes, something was taken” from my personal opinion only. They didn’t however, (in conjunction with the chief medical office’s agreeance) feel that there was foul play or suicide involved and neither do I.
I think that they already have a fairly good insight into what ended Prince’s life on a surface level with what they know already but, of course, it won’t be certain until the rest of the autopsy results are in, including the famous toxicology report to see what medication was in Prince’s system.
Sadly, from my little corner of life right at this moment, I feel that Prince was the victim of a number of factors. His hip pain, his refusal of surgery, his acceptance of possibly addictive pain meds instead, his religion and religious beliefs that possibly caused him to forego surgery to correct that issue in fear of a transfusion, his own privacy insistence, his pride, his stubbornness and seeming sheer determination and more than anything, Prince, being Prince.
We, as Joe/Jane Q. Public, may never find out the truth behind Prince’s death. We may be given a lovely, neat, tied with a bow, explanation that will appear acceptable and have to suffice but, we may never know for certain. In the meanwhile, Prince’s only full-blooded sister, is seeing to it that his estate is being taken care of and, according to news reports at this moment, he died unbelievably, intestate (without a will) which means that his entire fortune will be left open to Tyka and his half siblings to be divided. From all that has been said, Prince had a net worth in the several hundreds of millions of dollars. That means that there’s likely at least $100,000,000.00 each with more coming in by the day as his record sales soar posthumously. That should be plenty to go around, one would hope but, don’t be surprised to see a potential court battle ensue and no one get a cent for a few years to come. We will likely be able to see family and other’s greed, not including the IRS who also battled with Michael Jackson’s estate. Good luck to all of them. I’m glad it’s not my battle but, Tyka seems fit for a battle beyond all battles and is on the ball.
Rest In Peace, Prince. Let the world fight it out now. While much has been made about you writing your memoirs as a “sign” that you knew death was imminent, I’m sure that you didn’t. Well…at least, not in my little corner of life.