MAG: Prince and the AIDS Virus

National Enquirer, Prince and AIDS
National Enquirer, Prince and AIDS

The National Inquirer magazine claims Prince was diagnosed with AIDS six months ago after contracting HIV in the 1990s. According to the report, Prince believed his Jehovah’s Witness Faith could cure him of the disease. They also claim that was Prince was forced to tour while in ill health due of money issues. Watch the video for the complete story.

Below is information of Prince’s death up until the AIDS story:

On April 7, 2016, Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta; the venue released a statement saying he had influenza. He rescheduled and performed the show on April 14, even though he still was not feeling well. While flying back to Minneapolis early the next morning, he became unresponsive, and his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could receive medical treatment. Representatives said he suffered from “bad dehydration” and had had influenza for several weeks. Prince was seen bicycling the next day in his hometown of Chanhassen, Minnesota. He shopped that evening at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis for Record Store Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex, stating that he was feeling fine.

On April 19, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the Dakota Jazz Club.

On April 21, at 9:43 a.m., the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call requesting that an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home at Paisley Park. The caller initially told the dispatcher that Prince was unconscious, then moments later said he was dead. Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator and performed CPR, but were unable to revive him; he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. He was 57 years old. Following an autopsy, his remains were cremated; their location is kept private.

Numerous musicians and cultural figures reacted to Prince’s death. Cities across the US held tributes and vigils, and lit buildings, bridges, and other venues in purple. In the first five hours after the media reported his death, “Prince” was the top trending term on Twitter, and Facebook had 61 million Prince-related interactions. MTV interrupted its programming to air a marathon of Prince music videos and Purple Rain. AMC Theatres and Carmike Cinemas screened Purple Rain in select theaters over the following week. Saturday Night Live aired a special episode in his honor titled “Goodnight, Sweet Prince”, consisting of comedy skits involving him, his musical performances from the show, and the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special after-party. Nielsen Music reported a sales spike of 42,000%, and his catalog sold 654,000 albums and 2.82 million individual song downloads between April 15 and April 24. The United States Senate also paid homage.

On April 26, 2016, Prince’s sister and only full sibling Tyka Nelson filed court documents in Carver County, Minnesota, to open a probate case, claiming that no will had been found.

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