Los Angeles: Prince was suffering from AIDS before being found dead last week and had refused treatment because he believed he could be cured by prayer, it has been claimed.
A file pic from February 4, 2007 of Prince performing at Super Bowl in Miami. Pic/AFP
The Purple Rain singer, who was a Jehovah's Witness, was diagnosed with the crippling condition just six months before he passed away, sources told the National Enquirer.
The 57-year-old weighed just 80lbs at the time of his death and had been 'preparing to die for a little while', says the supermarket tabloid quoting a source.
A source, who was not identified by the Enquirer, said: "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."
"He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disoriented. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up. His face was yellowish, the skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of fingers were brownish-yellow," said the source.
Officials investigating Prince's death have allegedly found prescription painkillers in the singing legend's possession and at his home near Minneapolis. It is unclear if the found painkillers played a role in the music icon's death.