Prince. It’s a name that everyone knows, whether you liked him or not. He made an unforgettable name for himself with his signature eclectic fashion, wild dance moves, & flashy hair & makeup.


Chelsearae SFYB Contributing Author

While some artists hide behind glitz and glamour to hide a lack of talent, Prince also had an impressive vocal range and musical talents. His fans are still trying to recover from the shocking news of this super star’s recent death and what may have led to it. He wasn’t exactly young anymore, but we all expected him to have quite a few years left. Although there’s been no official cause of death released yet, many believe that his addiction to painkillers is what did him in. There are a few clues as to why this is a possible scenario, but first let’s look at the life of this legendary singer.



This unique songwriter, vocalist, and creative musician was born with the name Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 7th, 1958. He grew up with creative and musical parents, so perhaps it’s no surprise that he went on to be so intrigued and enamored by that lifestyle. His father, John Nelson, was a musical artist who performed under the name Prince Rogers. His mother, Mattie Shaw, was a jazz singer and performer who performed regularly with her husband’s band.

Prince noticed his interest in music as a young boy and soon picked up the drums, guitar, and piano. Quite impressively, the young man taught himself these instruments. When his parents split up when he was around age 10, he and his sibling divided their weeks between each parent’s house. Unhappy with this arrangement, young Prince ran away to move in with a neighboring family named the Andersons. Once he reached his teenage years, Prince joined his very first band, “Grand Central”. Many successful artists have a rough childhood and channel their frustration into some type of passion, which seems to be the case with Prince, as well.

It was 1978 when Prince got a record deal with Warner Bros. In later interviews, the singer admitted that was a kid he has epilepsy which manifested in seizures, causing him to be made fun of at school. When he first came onto the music scene, he tried to make up for this bullying by being as loud and flashy as possible. This became a signature style of the legend and one of the many unique things he became known for.

People close to Prince have said that he’s struggled with serious pain, especially in more recent times. Those of us who know anything about drugs are immediately wondering, upon hearing this, about the connection between this pain and his recent death. Many years of performance, much of which was enthusiastic moving and jumping around up on stages, had led to issues with his ankles and hips. These issues persisted for so long, he started to get really down about them, which he revealed in an interview with Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight.

Another source has claimed the same thing. Sheila E., who has been friend with the man for years and was even engaged to him at one point, said in an interview with Good Morning America that the singer was in pain constantly. All those jumps from high surfaces in fancy boots eventually started to wear on him. But performing was his life, and he wasn’t about to let that stop him. He was dedicated to his art, regardless of the toll it took on his body. Every musician who becomes a legend has this same philosophy.

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Less than a week before he died, a private plane that the celebrity was on had to perform an emergency landing to rush him to a hospital in a small city in Illinois. Official spokespersons for Prince have said that he had the flu, but still other sources claim that the artist had overdosed on OxyCodone and needed an injection to be kept alive. Crew members of the artist told the medical professionals that Prince had needed the pill he took for his serious pain in the hip. He had had replacement surgery about six years ago.

Once you read about this information as a whole, the puzzle pieces seem to start fitting together as to what killed the legend, Prince. There is another clue that points to addiction, which is a comment made by a man who claims to have sold drugs to Prince in the past. The man, who goes by “Doctor D” (to remain anonymous, which is probably a smart move), said that the star had a major addiction to hydromorphone. This mysterious Doctor D says he was the celebrity’s drug dealer starting in 1984 all the way up to 2008. The “Doctor” worked alongside Prince on a movie set for Purple Rain and claims that the star was already hooked when he began selling him drugs. Perhaps not wanting to get any of the blame for what became of the singer, Doctor D was insistent about the fact that he didn’t start Prince out on opiates.

The dealer revealed that Prince was addicted to Dilaudid and was also no stranger to the junkie’s best friend, fentanyl patches. These hardcore opiates are nothing to mess around with and can cause serious addiction and health problems. Dedicating yourself to your art form means that pain is not an option, and the singer did everything he could to maintain his abilities to move around in his signature ways and live up to his great name.

Another clue that points to his cause of death is the fact that in his last days, Prince made multiple journeys to a nearby Walgreens. Paparazzi photos depict the singer outside of the pharmacy a mere hours before someone found him passed out in the elevator of his $10 million home.

An autopsy was performed and the celebrity was cremated. The autopsy results will take at least a month, with fans anxiously awaiting the news of what could have ended such an enthusiastic and passionate life.

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