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Report: Prince Diagnosed With AIDS Before Death?

| by Ray Brown
Prince performs at Coachella in 2008.Prince performs at Coachella in 2008.

Music legend Prince, who was found dead April 21 at the age of 57, might have died of complications from AIDS, according to a report.

A source told the National Enquirer that Prince was “preparing to die for a little while” because he was diagnosed with AIDS. The tabloid magazine also reported that a music industry source messaged friends two days before Prince's death to warn that Prince “was in bad shape.”

“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,” said the source.

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

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The National Enquirer said that a well-placed insider claimed Prince was seen at a local Walgreens picking up bags of prescriptions for the pain caused by what was reported to be influenza.

One of the Walgreens employees that served Prince reportedly said, “We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, ‘We are praying for you.'”

Prince allegedly responded, under is breath, “‘Maybe if you prayed for me a year ago it’d be different right now.’ Then he waved and said thanks anyway.”

Although he was a superstar, Prince was known to do the little things on his own, such as picking up his own meds and toiletries at the drugstore chain near his home.

Rumors about Prince's declining health began on April 15, nearly two weeks before his death, when the music icon's private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois and he was rushed to the hospital, according to Radar.

“I’ve never known Prince ever to be sick,” Wallace Safford, Prince's former bodyguard and friend, told Radar.

Safford worked on Prince's first world tour in the late 1980s.

“Before I worked with him, he was a friend first," Safford told Radar. “I knew Prince when he first came out on tour when he opened up for Rick James. I’m sitting here in front of the TV in shock and awe right now. He will sorely be missed.”

“Today I was at work, and I left work because I just had this knot in my stomach something was wrong,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was at first. It was almost like me and Prince [had] an inner-spirit connection. We were all like family.”

Sources: Radar (2), (3) / Photo credit: Scott Penner/Flickr

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