Prince prepared for death from Aids, claims report
Prince died of Aids and had been preparing for his death "for a while," it has been reported.
The 'Purple Rain' singer, a Jehovah's Witness, was diagnosed with the condition six months before his sudden death, according to the 'National Enquirer'.
The singer "had been preparing to die for a while," and his weight had plummeted to just 80lbs, a source told the US tabloid.
He is also alleged to have refused medical treatment, saying "God can cure me," according to the 'National Enquirer's front page story on the affair.
"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," they said.
"He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up."
It was also reported that Prince was seen making runs to a local pharmacy shortly before his death to pick up treatment for what is believed to have been a painful and severe case of influenza.
"We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat.
"We said, 'We are praying for you," a source told the 'National Enquirer'.
"He said, almost under his breath, 'Maybe if you prayed for me a year ago it'd be different right now'.
"Then he waved and said thanks anyway," they added.
It comes as sources close to the investigation into the circumstances of Prince's death said he was in possession of prescription painkillers when he passed away.
According to CNN and the Star Tribune, the painkillers were found on Prince shortly after his death aged 57 at his home in Minneapolis.
The reports were based on anonymous police sources. (© Daily Telegraph London)