Prince shocked the world when he collapsed and died at age 57 in the elevator of his Chanhassen, Minn., recording studio Thursday, but an insider exclusively told The National ENQUIRER that the megastar was "preparing to die for a little while" — because he had been diagnosed with AIDS!
A music industry source interviewed by The ENQUIRER messaged friends on April 19 to reveal Prince had full-blown AIDS. “He was in bad shape,” the source revealed.
“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.”
In another bombshell revelation, a well-placed insider said Prince had been making runs to a local pharmacy to pick up bags of prescriptions to quell the unbearable pain he was suffering from what was reported to be influenza.
An employee at the Walgreens that served Prince told The ENQUIRER, "We were all just shocked that he came in last night looking so beat. We said, 'We are praying for you.'"
Prince's response? "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."
According to the worker, Prince often picked up his own meds and toiletries at the drugstore chain near his Paisley Park estate.
"The last night, though, we sensed he was in trouble. One girl said he had foreign medication and thought it was Zika virus or something, but my friend who knows the meds says he's sure it was HIV meds."
"I wouldn't say he's like a part of the family but he came in and always showed interest in us," added the employee of Prince.
And now the Prince's loved ones are showing interest in hiding the true cause of his death. According to the insider, Prince's family is already banging on coroner's door and demanding officials heavily redact any public autopsy report "to spare family, friends and fans" any information "about his lifestyle that's sure to come."
For more on his secret HIV nightmare, pick up the latest issue of The ENQUIRER, on stands now!