Sunday 25 February 2018

Fans' anger over US reports claiming Prince was 'diagnosed with AIDS six months ago'

Fans have reacted with shock and anger

Prince's death last month at the age of 57 shocked the music world
Prince's death last month at the age of 57 shocked the music world
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans have reacted angrily to reports in the US claiming that Prince died of AIDS.

The legendary musician was found dead in a lift at his Paisley Park studios in Minnesota last week at the age of just 57.

The National Enquirer claims that Prince contracted HIV "in the 1990s" and was allegedly 'diagnosed with AIDS six months ago'.

A music industry source quoted by the publication is said to have contacted friends on Tuesday last week to say that Prince was suffering from AIDS and was "in bad shape".

“He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up," they reportedly said.

The report also suggests that Prince, a Jehovah's Witness, refused treatment and believed that God would cure him.

However, the official cause of death has not been released.  The autopsy was completed on Friday and Prince was cremated in a private ceremony over the weekend.  Results of the autopsy are not expected to be released for several weeks.

Fans have reacted with shock and anger on social media to the claims, questioning their veracity and timing.

Kendra D McBride tweeted, "Really #NationalEnquirer #Prince hasn't been dead that you claims he has AIDS?If he did what's it to ya'll.Slow day 4 ya'll"

Nicole Cappelleri wrote, "#prince dead from AIDS? The man just died. Leave him alone. We may never know the whole truth. #Respect. #mysterious to the end"

Five days before Prince died his plane was forced to make an emergency landing as he was unwell and needed to be taken to hospital.  He was reportedly suffering from the flu.

His long-time lawyer has called his death a complete shock and disputed suggestions the singer had a drug addiction.

Lawyer L Londell McMillan had known Prince for 25 years and at one time was his manager.

He told The Associated Press he spoke to Prince the Sunday before he died, after it was reported that his plane made an emergency landing to deal with a medical emergency involving the singer.

Prince assured Mr McMillan he was fine.

"He said he was doing perfect," Mr McMillan recalled. "He said, 'Okay, I'll call you soon.'"

Meanwhile, a trust company has been appointed to temporarily oversee Prince's multi-million dollar estate.

Bremer Trust was named special administrator of Prince's estate after an informal telephone conference with some of the musician's possible heirs and a judge.

The judge says Bremer Trust now has the authority to manage and supervise Prince's assets and determine his heirs.

Bremer will act as special administrator for six months or until a personal representative is appointed.

Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, asked for the appointment of a special administrator, saying she believes her brother did not have a will and that immediate decisions about his business interests needed to be made.

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