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  1. Prince & Larry Graham interview on Dutch television (TV-Show Dec. 1999). Prince and brother Larry (Sly & The Family Stone) are talking with Ivo Niehe about music, knowledge, the truth, birthdays, the secret of youth and God.
  2. Prince’s staff sought addiction support for him on day before death, doctor’s lawyer sayshttps://t.co/HBFV9Ck4Am http://pic.twitter.com/SHUa7TYoth — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 4, 2016 via TheWorldNewsOrg via journal.theworldnewsmedia.org See also:
  3. This image made from a video, former Prince bassist Larry Graham talks about Prince in an Associated Press interview on Monday, May 2, 2016. Graham, a famous bassist and longtime friend of pop megastar Prince says the artist found “real happiness” in his faith and could stay up all night talking about the Bible. Graham tells The Associated Press that Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness later in life and that it changed the star’s music and lifestyle. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen) May. 3, 2016 3:14 AM ET MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham. Prince, who died last month at 57, became a Jehovah's Witness later in life, and that helped shape his music as well as his lifestyle, according to Graham, who first met the star decades ago and became a confidante and tour mate. Prince would knock on doors, talk with visitors at his studio-compound Paisley Park in suburban Minneapolis and even share his faith with small groups after a show, said Graham, the 69-year-old bassist best known for playing in the funk band Sly and the Family Stone and with his own group, Graham Central Station. "That brought him joy. That brought him real happiness," Graham said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. Graham said Prince was a private person who didn't discuss his health issues openly. He said he saw Prince three days before he was found dead at Paisley Park and that, besides recovering from a cold, he seemed "pretty normal." Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he died. Graham said he had never seen Prince take any prescription drugs. The two met while playing separate shows in Nashville, Tennessee, in the mid-1990s and Prince asked Graham, who was a Jehovah's Witness, to come on tour with him. Graham said Prince was deeply interested in the Bible and they would talk about it for hours. "He asked me questions every day, every week — sometimes we would bring up the sun talking about the Bible," he said. Later, Prince asked Graham if he would move to Minnesota to continue teaching him about God and his faith. He accepted, and Graham and his family relocated from Jamaica, where they had been teaching Bible school. Prince's interest in the Bible grew and eventually he came to the conclusion that he, too, wanted to become a Jehovah's Witness, Graham said. Later, Prince began worshipping at a Kingdom Hall just outside Minneapolis. Graham said he considered Prince to be his "spiritual brother." It was important to Prince, like many artists, to give his fans joy with his music, Graham said. But the most important thing to him was not just giving people a "temporary feeling" from a record or album but being able to share scripture, he said. "His joy — his biggest joy — was sharing the hope of everlasting life," Graham said. FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A famous bassist and longtime friend of pop megastar Prince says the artist found “real happiness” in his faith and could stay up all night talking about the Bible. Larry Graham tells The Associated Press that Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness later in life and that it changed the star’s music and lifestyle. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) AP
  4. Christian Hate-Pastor Steven Anderson explained in a recent sermon thatPrince is burning in Hell because he chose to be a Jehovah’s Witness. Prince was indoctrinated into the cult known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Watchtower cult. And that is why Prince is in Hell today. Prince is not in Hell today because he was effeminate, a sissy. He’s not in Hell today just because he’s a fornicator. The real reason he ended up in Hell is because he never put his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and now he is being punished for being a fornicator. He is being punished for being a cross-dresser and a weirdo and wicked… … … You have to be delusional to be a Jehovah’s Witness. It’s really a ridiculous religion… “It’s really a ridiculous religion,” says the pastor who revels in making each sermon more despicable than the last. In any case, Prince isn’t burning in Hell, even by JW standards. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t even believe in Hell. They think a select 144,000 of them will eventually get to go to Heaven. Others may end up in a “Paradise Earth” where they’ll get a second chance at becoming a better Christian. The rest simply cease to exist. But eternal torture isn’t a thing in JW theology. Not that any of it matters, because there’s no evidence for any of that. So I guess Anderson is right in a sense: Prince isn’t in Heaven. But he’s not in Hell and he won’t have a literal eternal life, either. Unlike Anderson, though, people will be listening to Prince for decades to come. Anderson’s hate speech will thankfully have a short shelf life once he stops preaching. Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/02/christian-hate-pastor-prince-is-burning-in-hell-because-he-was-a-jehovahs-witness/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
  5. The death of Prince, a Jehovah’s Witness, has led to many rumors, lies and half truths about the religious beliefs of this often misunderstood religion. What are the facts? Details below. Frank Micelotta/GettyImages Prince was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses - an often misunderstood religion. His death has led to countless rumors, debates and outright lies about his religious beliefs. Numerous tabloids, celebrity gossip sites and media outlets are reporting false information derived from questionable sources or ill-informed individuals, which has led to wild speculation and heated debates among Prince’s many fans. In the interest of accurate reporting, a handful of reputable news outlets like CNN, the Wall Street Journaland the Los Angeles Times actually attended a Sunday service at the St. Louis Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses where Prince worshipped, in order to accurately portray the popular musician’s religious beliefs. But the majority of media outlets carried misinformation without bothering to check the facts. Hopefully this article will clarify many of the inaccuracies reported by multiple media outlets that didn’t bother to check the facts. For example, it was widely (and falsely) reported that Prince’s body was cremated so quickly after his autopsy because the Jehovah’s Witness faith requires cremation and burial to take place no later than a week after death. This is completely false. Jehovah’s Witnesses have no such requirements, customs or stipulations with regard to burial or death. Funeral arrangements are handled in accordance with the wishes of the family, or the instructions of the deceased. Yet this falsehood was published by multiple media outlets worldwide that made no attempt to verify what they mistakenly assumed were facts. Most notable is the Daily Mail which even interviewed one of the elders at Prince’s Kingdom Hall and still managed to get it wrong. Unfortunately, half-truths and outright lies regarding the beliefs and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite common. Most people have serious misunderstandings about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their religion, based on hearsay and comments from non-Witnesses who are grossly ill-informed. However, one would expect that for the sake of accuracy, a responsible journalist would attempt to ascertain the facts instead reporting hearsay or perpetuating myths. Since the facts can be easily found at www.jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, maintained by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, there’s no excuse for reporting false information, lies or half truths. Further misconceptions about Prince’s religion revolve around the question of whether or not Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians. As the Washington Post and Get Religion.org point out, Jehovah’s Witnesses are seen by mainstream Protestantism as a cult. Lifesite News even referred to Jehovah’s Witnesses as a non-Christian sect. Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be Christians, as pointed out by the Los Angeles Times, since they strictly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, and offer prayers in Jesus’ name. But despite this, Protestants, Catholics and other religions, insist that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians because they do not believe in the “Trinity.” Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God (whose name is Jehovah) and Jesus are separate entities; that as clearly stated in the Bible, Jesus is Jehovah God’s son; and that neither one is part of a trinity.” Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe in the “holy spirit” but believe it to be God’s active force rather than a separate entity, or part of a trinity. Many of Prince’s fans find it difficult to reconcile his Jehovah’s Witness beliefs with the sexually explicit songs from the 80s and early 90s which comprised much of his early career. However, as NPR, Yahoo Newsand others point out, it’s important to note that after Prince became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness in 2003, he eliminated his X-rated songs from his concert playlists, and ceased writing sexually-charged songs. Another widely perpetuated myth is that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in medicine or medical treatment. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses are not anti-medicine, this too, is a lie. It’s true that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions for scriptural reasons, (see Acts 15:28, 29) but they readily embrace many of the safe, effective transfusion-alternative strategies and treatments that are medically available today. Prince’s adherence to these beliefs had no bearing on his death, as pointed out by congregation elders who were interviewed by CNN and the Wall Street Journal. All the above-mentioned points are discussed or explained in greater detail in articles and videos atwww.jw.org. Instead of bickering back and forth, or believing myths, rumors and misleading information about Prince’s religious beliefs, fans and media alike who are really interested in knowing the truth about the beliefs and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses should go directly to the source to find out for themselves. The official website has an entire section entitled “What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?” which addresses frequently asked questions about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their beliefs and views on a wide variety of topics including holidays, birthdays, blood transfusions, medical care, voting, military service, being Christians, families, community involvement, recreation and entertainment, their door-to-door ministry, the Bible, other religions, and much, much more. Ruth Houston Celebrity Examiner
  6. Straightforward web news page on Prince. http://www.examiner.com/article/prince-s-religious-beliefs-false-rumors-lies-heated-debates
  7. This may have been the plainest room Prince spent time in as an adult. Auditorium A in the Kingdom Hall of the St. Louis Park Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses doesn't have a dance club or a recording studio. The Jehovah's Witnesses who meet in this small complex outside Minneapolis don't even have any musical instruments except for a piano hidden in a closet that no one uses. The walls are various shades of beige. Nothing shines, and nothing is purple. Nothing about it says “Prince.” That's because in Auditorium A, Prince Rogers Nelson was not known as Prince, the music megastar, but as Brother Nelson, the Jehovah's Witness. Here, one of America's greatest sex symbols didn't arrive in spandex and stilettos but in conservative suits and ties. He was often hard to spot among the congregation of dozens unless you were looking right at him. And that wasn't the only way he blended in. Over the final decade of his life, Prince worshiped here because he was a fellow believer in the Jehovah's Witness tenets: that Jesus was a savior but was lesser to God, that these are the final days of civilization, that the dead will be resurrected, and that the world will live under a global government lead by Jehovah, a Hebrew name for God. Among the St. Louis Park congregation, Prince wasn't a celebrity but an equal in faith. “He was accepted as our brother,” said congregant Josephine Parker, 74, on Sunday as the congregation gathered for its first meeting since Prince's death. “He wasn't treated as maybe the world would treat him.” Hundreds of students, participating in the 27th annual High School Choir Festival at Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, honor Prince with a rendition of "Purple Rain." Parker fondly remembered Prince as a gentle soul and a “mild spirit,” and his death last week at age 57 broke her heart. But, Parker said, “I look forward to the time we can welcome him back on the Earth.” Prince was one of America's most notoriously private celebrities, and few facts about his life were more beguiling than his conversion in 2001 to Jehovah's Witnesses, a faith not recognized as Christian by Catholics and Protestants largely because Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in the Holy Trinity. Jehovah's Witnesses call themselves Christians, and they admire Jesus, but they don't venerate the cross and don't celebrate Christmas or Easter — or birthdays. They don't gather in churches but in Kingdom Halls. They avoid political involvement and refuse to fight in wars. Over the last week, some fans and acquaintances have wondered whether Prince's religious beliefs may have even contributed to his death, because Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in taking blood transfusions for scriptural reasons. They do accept other medical treatments, however, and officials and people close to Prince have not released enough information about the singer's health to substantiate any of those suspicions. Prince, who was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, was converted — or at least helped along — by Larry Graham, the former bass player for Sly and the Family Stone. “I don't see it really as a conversion,” Prince told the New Yorker magazine in 2008. “More, you know, it's a realization. It's like Morpheus and Neo in 'The Matrix.'” Prince embraced the faith and even proselytized his neighbors around his Paisley Park estate in the Minneapolis suburbs, who were sometimes shocked to find the star on their doorsteps. On the afternoon of Yom Kippur in 2003, a Jewish couple in Eden Prairie opened their door to discover the 5-foot-2 singer standing in front of them. Even though a Vikings football game was on, they invited him in. “My first thought is, 'Cool, cool, cool. He wants to use my house as a set. I'm glad! Demolish the whole thing! Start over!’” a woman who only gave her name as Rochelle told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But Prince was there to proselytize them to become Jehovah's Witnesses. “I said, ‘You know what? You've walked into a Jewish household, and this is not something I'm interested in,’” Rochelle told the newspaper. Prince reportedly replied to her, “Can I finish?” He stayed for 25 minutes and left a pamphlet. Prince's adherence to the particularly conservative faith — which opposes same-sex marriage and premarital sex — also seemed paradoxical given his history as a gender-bending sex icon. When asked about his views on same-sex marriage and abortion in 2008, Prince tapped his Bible and told the New Yorker, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’” No contradiction seemed to exist for the Jehovah's Witnesses at the Kingdom Hall in Minnetonka on Sunday. Steve Smedberg, 63, said in an interview, “He believed the same thing the rest of us believed. I guess he was willing to let the Bible be his authority.” And in Auditorium A, Prince also seemed to have found a space in America where he might not be treated as some kind of deity. He arrived and left without fanfare at the group's gatherings, which are called "meetings." He contributed to discussion but never put himself at the center of attention. He never performed for the congregation, but he sang along with the prerecorded religious hymns like everyone else. “Jehovah's Witnesses want to be average, normal people. That's my goal in life, to be normal,” Smedberg said. “He seemed to want to be a normal person.” Anna Barry, who holds the title of “regular pioneer” in the congregation, remembered when Prince began arriving for worship meetings in the 2000s and participating in the study sessions where congregants discuss Scripture together. When discussing the importance of spiritual harmony during one of his early meetings, Prince remarked to the congregation that “if you were in a band and one of the instruments was out of tune, you'd stick out like a sore thumb,” Barry recalled. When Barry complimented Prince for his contribution after the meeting, Prince responded, “Thank you, Sister Barry,” and she was impressed he had learned her name. “He felt like it was a safe place here,” Barry said. Prince often vanished from the congregation for long periods, apparently while he was traveling, and his fellow congregants didn't seem to begrudge him, acknowledging the effect his musical gifts had on the broader world. They also said he apparently visited other Kingdom Halls when he was on the road. The last time Prince was seen in Auditorium A was on the evening of March 23 for an annual memorial held to mark Jesus' death. Prince was wearing a suit and tie and had his Bible and songbook like everyone else, but he looked “pale and tired,” said Brian Steffen, a 69-year-old ministerial servant, the title given to selected men who undertake various operational duties in a Kingdom Hall. Eighty-two congregants, plus a few journalists, attended Sunday's meeting after Prince's death, where the primary topic of discussion was forgiveness and love. The group sang prerecorded songs with titles including “Loyally Submitting to Theocratic Order.” They also took turns reading from and discussing “The Watchtower,” the faith's official magazine. Although Prince's death had sent shock waves around the world, he was only briefly mentioned once at a gathering of people who actually knew him. He was just another faithful congregant, said Karla Mack, 54. “If he was here, he would be talking to you about the Bible and talking about Jehovah.”“Our brother, Prince Rogers Nelson, fell asleep in death last Thursday,” said an elder, Sean Barry. And that was it. But after the gathering broke up, Steffen, the ministerial servant, acknowledged the loss. “I knew he was a genius at what he did,” Steffen said. “One time somebody came up to me after a meeting and said, 'Brian, now you can say you sang with Prince.’” Los Angeles Times Saturday April 30 2016
  8. A CNN crew visits the Kingdom Hall of Prince the sunday after he passed away.Prince Kingdom Hall Jehovah Jehovah's Witness Witnesses Watchtower faith religion CNN celebrity God Jehova bible christian christianity christ Jesus Christians popstar music idol pop star
  9. Part of a series on: Prince died of AIDS and was HIV positive since the 1990s, the National Enquirer first reported on Wednesday. The superstar performer reportedly said that he believed God would cure him and declined to use HIV medications. Prince was a devout Jehovah's Witness member and had been seen at a conference for the faith as recently as last summer, the Daily Mail reported. Contrary to what many believe, Jehovah's Witnesses are not adverse to all medical treatments but it is unknown whether Prince's faith may have influenced him to forgo medical treatments. A Jehovah's WitnessWeb site noted, " "Some treatments conflict with Bible principles, though, and we reject these. For example, we don’t accept blood transfusions because the Bible forbids taking in blood to sustain the body. (Acts 15:20) Likewise, the Bible prohibits health treatments or procedures that include occult practices." The story about Prince possibly dying of AIDS was picked up by a number of other publications. The headline in the UK's Daily Mirror read, "Prince 'diagnosed with AIDS weeks before his death and was preparing to die' - shock US claims." The report was also a topic of discussion Thursday night on the Coast to Coast AM radio show with George Noory. The National Enquirer affiliated Radar Online reported that Prince was well aware that he had just days to live and was preparing to die. A source said, “He 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." Prince had reportedly made a number of runs to his local Walgreens store for pain medications. An employee of the store 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 responded,“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.” Many people who commented on the report were skeptical. One wrote, "Well this "AIDS" idea just does not add up. If they are alleging he contracted this disease sometime in the late 1990's then both of his wives should be HIV positive and I think not. Shame on the Enquirer, sales must be down." Another reader didn't doubt the story but noted Prince's reluctance to use medical treatments for HIV, "This makes no sense. Poorly handled. Had he taken it seriously like Magic Johnson did in 1992 and gotten treatments Magic got, he would still be alive today. When will people learn, no religion is as good as medicine? Religion is a faith and nothing more!" Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/did-prince-die-of-aids-reports-say-singer-was-hiv-positive-since-the-1990s
  10. Part of a series on: 9 Apr 2016 02:11 PM EST -by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Prince Rogers Nelson performing in the 1980s (Image Source: Yves Lorson via Wikimedia Commons) We've been hearing this week that Prince might not have had a will, and that if that is the case, by Minnesota law, his closest living relative would be rewarded with his estate. In this case it would be his full sister, Tyka Nelson. Out of all this confusion, a trust company has now been appointed to help manage his estate until someone else officially takes over. Prince was divorced twice, and his only child died at just one week old. His sister Tyka, also a singer, is a recovering addict who at one time lived in a crack house. She and her brother were somewhat distant at one point but grew closer as of late. In addition, he has five half-siblings from his father's second marriage. After stating earlier that she believed there was no will and that she was the only benefactor, Tyka asked for the appointment of a special administrator because she believed immediate decisions need to be made regarding his business interests. Brewer Trust has now been named special administrator of the estate as the result of an informal telephone conference with Prince's possible heirs and a judge. The judge has decided that Bremer Trust has the authority to manage and supervisor the musician's assets and to determine his heirs. They will have this role for six months or until a personal representative is appointed. It has been said that the estate could be worth as much as $800 million. In addition to that there is a known vault that contains up to 2,000 recordings of his that were never released. Prince was in control of those as well as all of his other music. However, because of Prince's close association with the Jehovah's Witnesses, some have assumed that he would have left at least some of his fortune to them, yet nothing in that realm has been substantiated yet. Source: http://www.allmediany.com/articles/40410-trust-company-appointed-temporary-manager-of-prince039s-estate
  11. They say Prince was a 'spiritual man' who very strongly believed in the church's message However they do not keep his photo inside so as not to glorify an individual A couple in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, opened their door in 2003 to find Prince standing on their doorstep with a Bible The 81-year-old said of the deceased singer: ‘Prince was a publisher with good standing here in our congregation. He was active, he shared in the ministry every month. ‘We didn’t see him very often because he was away all the time, but he did attend the memorial of Christ’s death on March 23 here, he brought some of his band members with him. ‘He was a spiritual man from what I know of him and he talked to individuals and he very strongly believed in the message of the bible that Jehovah Witness’s proclaim. ‘He believed that the true God is Jehovah and he knew for example that when we die, we’re dead, we’re sleeping and the hope is the resurrection, that’s why Jesus died.’ Elder Cook said Prince regularly ‘witnessed’ alone in the community, as well as in groups. And he admitted that people might have been shocked to see the superstar turn up on their doorstep to talk to them and offer a free bible course, but added: ‘We try to downplay the person, it’s all about the message. ‘We try not to eulogize any individual from a personal standpoint, one person is equal in the eyes of God as another person. ‘So our main goal is to proclaim the message of God’s kingdom as equals and Prince did what he could from what I understand. ‘He did what he could to help people to get into the Bible and appreciate the benefits of family life and the hope of God’s kingdom.’ He added: ‘Credibility and honesty in conveying the message is vital.’ Elder Cook described Prince as ‘modest’ and ‘very, very humble’ when he came to the church. ‘Obviously he was able to witness when he was on his travels as well, he was devoted to it like we all are,’ he said. ‘He found fulfillment as a Witness and in sharing his faith with others.’ The elder says he last saw Prince when the star attended a 50-minute ceremony to commemorate the death of Jesus on March 23 – an event celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world. The church has no photos of their most famous ‘publisher’ on the walls as you might expect, because ‘that would be glorifying an individual’. ‘Glory goes to Jehovah God, almighty God and his son Jesus Christ,’ said elder Cook. Elder Cook also said the church does not have a problem with Prince’s reported addiction to prescription drugs because ‘that’s a personal matter’. ‘We are in to homeopathy and things like that, because nothing is 100 per cent.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3555735/Inside-Prince-s-Jehovah-s-Witness-Church-singer-went-door-door-Bible-hand-large-cash-donations-years.html#ixzz46hhZS25l
  12. *** g89 22/2 págs. 12-16 Encontré un tesoro excepcional *** Encontré un tesoro excepcional EL FESTIVAL musical de Woodstock (Nueva York) celebrado en 1969 fue la experiencia más emocionante de mi carrera musical. Un mar de gente se extendía hasta donde alcanzaba la vista. ¡Fue impresionante! Yo era el cantante y el guitarra bajo del grupo musical Sly and the Family Stone, uno de los más conocidos en aquel tiempo. Se oyó un enorme estruendo cuando medio millón de personas expresaron a voz en cuello su aprobación y pidieron que siguiéramos actuando. Si bien es cierto que aquel fue un momento realmente emocionante, ahora no es ni mucho menos el acontecimiento más memorable de mi vida. He encontrado algo verdaderamente singular, un tesoro excepcional. Pero antes de hablar de él, permítanme explicarles algunas cosas que moldearon mi vida. Cómo llegué a ser músico Nací en el año 1946 en Beaumont (Texas), el único hijo de una familia con inclinaciones musicales. Mi madre tocaba el piano y acompañaba al coro de la iglesia, y mi padre era guitarrista de jazz. Poco después de nacer yo, mi familia se trasladó a Oakland (California), donde, a la edad de cinco años, empecé a bailar claqué. Dos años después, mi abuela, que fue quien me cuidó durante mi tierna infancia, me ayudó a aprender a tocar el piano. A los once años de edad, mi padre me dio su guitarra y su amplificador, y lleno de ilusión, me puse a aprender este nuevo instrumento. Más tarde aprendí a tocar la batería, el clarinete y el saxófono. A los trece años ya tenía mi propio conjunto profesional de rock and roll, llamado The Five Riffs. A los quince empecé a tocar en clubes nocturnos como parte del conjunto Dell Graham Trio, formado por mi madre al piano, un batería y yo, que llevaba la melodía con la guitarra. Algún tiempo después, mi madre y yo formamos un dúo. Como no teníamos batería, yo punteaba las cuerdas bajas de mi guitarra para acentuar el ritmo. Fue así como adquirí mi propio y característico estilo. A la dueña de un local donde tocábamos con regularidad le gustó tanto mi estilo, que telefoneó a un disc jockey, Sly Stone, e insistió en que me escuchara. El resultado fue que en 1966 me ofrecieron el puesto de guitarra bajo en un grupo de siete instrumentos que llegó a conocerse como Sly and the Family Stone. Nuestro disco Dance to the Music se convirtió en un éxito internacional, de modo que llegamos a ser el grupo negro más popular de aquel tiempo. Pronto produjimos otros éxitos, como Hot Fun in the Summertime, Everyday People, Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself Again. Entonces llegó el Festival Musical de Woodstock, donde tocamos junto a otros músicos internacionalmente famosos. Después actuamos ante un auditorio de 300.000 personas en la isla de Wight (Gran Bretaña) y ante otro de 350.000 personas en un festival de música celebrado en la República Federal de Alemania. En 1971 recibí una amenaza de muerte. Me dijeron que me dispararían durante nuestra actuación en el Coliseo de Los Ángeles, cuando la música y el estruendo de la multitud llegasen a su punto más alto. Estaba aterrorizado. Sin embargo, el equipo electrónico empezó a funcionar mal, así que el patrocinador del concierto salió y canceló nuestra actuación. Sentí que Dios había intervenido de alguna manera para salvarme la vida. Aterrado, salí corriendo del Coliseo y volví a mi hotel, donde me apresuré a hacer mi equipaje y salir de la ciudad. No me podía quitar de la cabeza esta espantosa experiencia, ni siquiera cuando formé mi propio grupo musical, el Graham Central Station. En la funda del segundo elepé que grabé con este grupo aparecían impresas las palabras Produced by God (Producido por Dios). No era mi propósito ser blasfemo; aquellas palabras reflejaban lo que sentía: pensaba que había sido salvado por Dios. Un punto de viraje en mi vida En 1973 conocí a Tina, una chica que trabajaba de azafata para unas líneas aéreas internacionales. Mientras ella me trenzaba el cabello antes de mis actuaciones, solía hablarle de mi creencia en Dios. Fue por entonces cuando la madre de Tina empezó a estudiar la Biblia con los testigos de Jehová. Un día Tina encontró a su madre llorando. Lloraba porque ninguno de sus hijos iba a estar presente cuando se bautizara en la asamblea de distrito de los testigos de Jehová que iba a celebrarse en el Coliseo de Oakland. Tina le prometió que, si era tan importante para ella el que su familia estuviese presente, iría al bautismo el viernes. Lo que Tina vio y oyó aquel día de julio de 1974 la impresionó tanto, que después me telefoneó y trató de persuadirme para que asistiera a la sesión del sábado. Pero había estado grabando la noche anterior y estaba demasiado cansado. El domingo Tina volvió a telefonearme e insistió en que asistiera. Sentí curiosidad por ver lo que había impresionado tanto a Tina, de modo que fui. Un policía me dijo que como no tenía un tique de la asamblea para aparcar, no podía entrar en el aparcamiento, y añadió: “De todas formas, tampoco querrá escuchar esas tonterías”. En un principio me disuadió, y me marché. Pero después lo pensé mejor, di la vuelta y me dirigí de nuevo al Coliseo. Cuando entré, solo quedaban unos minutos de los comentarios de conclusión. Como durante la mayor parte de mi vida he actuado en público, sé tomar el pulso de un auditorio. Había estado muchas veces en el Coliseo de Oakland en otros acontecimientos, pero aquello era diferente a todo lo que había visto jamás: 60.000 personas de diferentes razas y antecedentes sociales se asociaban en paz unas con otras. Tan solo el ambiente que se “respiraba” entre la muchedumbre me convenció de que aquello era algo importante, tan singular, que podía decirse que había encontrado un tesoro excepcional. Cuando salía del Coliseo, se me acercó una adolescente, quien, debido a mi apariencia, no tuvo ninguna dificultad en darse cuenta de que no era Testigo, y me puso en la mano el libro ¿Es esta vida todo cuanto hay? ¡Aquello era precisamente lo que necesitaba! Al llegar al automóvil, lo abrí por la página 24 y vi una ilustración de unos cisnes, una tortuga, un árbol y unas personas. Allí el libro hacía notar que los cisnes viven más de ochenta años; algunas tortugas, ciento cincuenta años, y ciertos árboles, miles de años. Entonces, preguntaba: “¿Es razonable que la vida del hombre sea tan corta?”. El mensaje transmitido por esa ilustración me causó un impacto inmediato. Luego le hice muchas preguntas a Tina, pero ella sabía tan poco de la Biblia como yo. Así que decidimos visitar a la mujer que había estudiado con su madre. Cuando salimos de su casa, miré a Tina y le dije: “Esta mujer es una camelista. Nadie puede ser así de agradable. Fíjate y verás que la próxima semana será diferente”. Pero semana tras semana la mujer siguió exactamente igual, respondiendo calmadamente a todas nuestras preguntas con la Biblia. Tina y yo empezamos a estudiar la Biblia regularmente con la ayuda del libro La verdad que lleva a vida eterna. Pero poco después tuve que dar una gira con mi grupo. Me animaron a telefonear a las congregaciones locales de cada una de las muchas ciudades que iba a visitar a través de Estados Unidos y a pedir que alguien estudiase conmigo los siguientes capítulos del libro La verdad. Visité muchas congregaciones desde la costa occidental hasta la oriental y desde los estados del norte y el centro hasta Texas y los estados del sur. Los que me condujeron el estudio bíblico fueron personas de diversas razas y tenían diferentes antecedentes socioeconómicos. Pero en todas partes el mensaje era el mismo. Me impresionó mucho ver que no solo había encontrado un fenómeno local de la zona de Oakland Bay, sino una organización nacional cuyos miembros estaban verdaderamente unidos en armonía espiritual. Un cambio total de vida Durante la gira que hicimos por Europa una vez terminada la de Estados Unidos, continué estudiando con los Testigos. Al llegar a París, telefoneé a Tina y le pedí que se casara conmigo. Unas semanas después, en febrero de 1975, nos casamos en Nevada (E.U.A.). Solo cinco días después de la boda, empecé otra gira por Estados Unidos, pero esta vez Tina me acompañó. En Brooklyn (Nueva York) visitamos la sede internacional de los testigos de Jehová. Íbamos estrafalariamente vestidos, con unos conjuntos de chaqueta y pantalón negros que llevaban incrustados en las perneras y la espalda unos relucientes dragones rojos y plateados. Todavía nos sentimos abochornados cuando lo pensamos. Pero nos trataron con amabilidad, y nadie hizo ninguna observación sobre nuestra indumentaria. Tina y yo nos bautizamos en la asamblea de distrito celebrada en Oakland en julio de 1975, exactamente un año después de que entráramos en aquel mismo lugar para nuestra primera asamblea. Algo que contribuyó a que la ocasión resultase aún más gozosa fue que las dos hermanas de Tina —Denise y Shelia— y mi madre, quienes habían empezado a estudiar poco después que nosotros, también se bautizaron entonces. Unos años más tarde, a la avanzada edad de ochenta y dos años, se bautizó mi abuela. En las fundas de algunos de los elepés que presentó mi grupo, pueden apreciarse las cosas que estaba aprendiendo. En la del elepé que presentamos en 1976, titulado Mirror (Espejo), aparecían fotografías mías y de los otros miembros del conjunto. En un lado se nos veía con el pelo largo, gafas de sol y una indumentaria estrafalaria, mientras que en el otro se nos veía reflejados en un espejo con un aspecto limpio y bien arreglado, el pelo más corto y un estilo de ropa modesto. Una de las canciones se titulaba Forever. Estaba dedicada a mi esperanza de ver a mi padre en la resurrección, con una vida eterna por delante. Las palabras de otra canción reflejaban mis sentimientos como Testigo recién bautizado. Ayudamos a otros Hemos tenido muchas oportunidades de compartir nuestra fe con otros. Un organista y un batería respondieron al mensaje y dedicaron su vida a Jehová. El batería sirve de anciano y de precursor regular en la congregación de West Hollywood. Durante una gira que hicimos en 1975, salí a testificar acompañado de nuestro organista —era la primera vez que él participaba en esta obra— por un sector de Atlanta (Georgia, E.U.A.) donde toda la gente era blanca y acaudalada. Íbamos tranquilamente de casa en casa cuando de repente aparecieron unos coches de policía a toda velocidad; se detuvieron bruscamente, bajaron unos policías sin dilación y nos exigieron que explicáramos qué estábamos haciendo allí. Al mismo tiempo, apareció un helicóptero de la policía y permaneció casi encima de nosotros. Parece ser que la policía había recibido una denuncia de que había “personas sospechosas” en el vecindario, pero cuando les explicamos nuestra misión como testigos de Jehová, nos dejaron continuar. ¡Vaya comienzo que tuvo nuestro organista en la obra de testificar! En esta gira, que tuvo lugar después de nuestro bautismo, hicimos una presentación audiovisual con pantallas de 4,6 metros. Era la atracción principal del espectáculo. Necesitábamos dos grandes camiones semirremolques y dos autocares. El programa audiovisual describía los horrores de las condiciones del mundo y luego señalaba a la solución mediante el Reino de Dios. Entre las diapositivas, había algunas fotografías de la asamblea celebrada en el Coliseo de Oakland y de nuestro bautismo. Pusimos música a la presentación, y yo hacía unos comentarios entre las canciones. Durante una de mis giras, me encontraba participando en el servicio del campo en Hollywood (Florida). El que dirigía el grupo nos estaba indicando dónde predicar cuando, de repente, oí uno de mis discos en una vivienda cercana. Llamé a la casa, y cuando los tres jóvenes que estaban allí tomando drogas vieron de pie en su puerta al cantante de la canción que estaban escuchando, se quedaron sin habla. Con el tiempo supe que dos de aquellos jóvenes han llegado a ser Testigos. En 1979 nos trasladamos a Los Ángeles y nos afincamos en una gran casa con piscina y hermosos jardines con vistas a la ciudad. Junto a ella establecí mi propio estudio de grabación con un equipo de 24 pistas. El primer disco que grabé en él se titulaba One in a Million You, del que se vendieron más de un millón de ejemplares. Poco después tuve el privilegio de ser nombrado siervo ministerial, y en 1982, una semana antes de que naciese nuestra hija Latia, recibí el nombramiento de anciano. Un domingo estaba conduciendo el estudio de La Atalaya cuando entró en el Salón del Reino un joven hawaiano que se me quedó mirando sorprendido. Me había visto en Hawai en el año 1975, cuando yo tocaba música pop y llevaba el cabello largo; así que no es de extrañar que se quedase sorprendido al verme ahora modestamente vestido y conduciendo el estudio de La Atalaya. Aunque se había trasladado a Los Ángeles con la intención de triunfar en el mundo de la música, concordó en estudiar conmigo. Actualmente es precursor regular en nuestra congregación. Simplificamos nuestro estilo de vida Tina y yo podemos decir con verdad que desde que en 1982 comenzamos a servir en el ministerio de tiempo completo como precursores, hemos sido de lo más felices. Otro de los aspectos que hemos ido puliendo durante nuestro progreso espiritual ha sido el de simplificar nuestro estilo de vida. El 90% del tiempo que estábamos en casa lo pasábamos en tan solo dos de las habitaciones de nuestra gran casa, la cual requería los servicios de jardineros y sirvientes. No nos era posible utilizar todos los vehículos que teníamos: el Lincoln Town Car, el Thunderbird de 1955, el Cord, el Mercedes-Benz, la caravana de 7,6 metros de longitud, la furgoneta y las varias motocicletas. De modo que después de la asamblea de distrito de 1985, vendimos nuestra casa y la mayoría de los vehículos. Ahora vivimos en una modesta casa de la ciudad, y a Tina le resulta más fácil atenderla a la vez que participa en el servicio de precursor. Aunque todavía hago algún trabajo de músico, hoy mi verdadera felicidad proviene de ser precursor y de ver a nuestra hijita progresar en sentido espiritual. A pesar de su corta edad, ya se ha establecido unas metas fijas y constantemente habla del momento en que pueda simbolizar su dedicación a Jehová. Otra bendición que anhelo es la de ver de nuevo a mi madre en la resurrección y explicarle todo lo que ha sucedido desde que ella murió fiel como precursora regular en abril de 1987. Sí, en lugar de la emoción de actuar ante cientos de miles de fans, ahora derivo verdadera satisfacción de hacer todo lo posible por obedecer las palabras del salmista: “¡Alaben a Jah! Canten a Jehová una canción nueva, su alabanza en la congregación de los que son leales”. (Salmo 149:1.)—Según lo relató Larry Graham.
  13. The Jehovah's Witness Church has released a statement following the untimely death of Prince, who officially converted to the religion in 2003. "We are saddened to hear about the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2003," the church said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The church said that Prince "found fulfillment as a Witness and in sharing his faith with others." The statement added: "We do not have any details regarding his medical condition or the cause of his death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, particularly his fellow worshippers in the Saint Louis Park congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minnesota. We hope that all find comfort in the Bible’s promise of a future time when death, pain, and tears will be no more.—Revelation 21:3, 4." http://www.people.com/article/prince-dead-jehovah-witness-release-statement See also:
  14. This is the moment Prince's ashes were carried to a car and taken to their final resting place after the legendary musician was secretly cremated on Friday in a 'no fuss' funeral as per his wishes. The star was found dead at his Minnesota home on Thursday, and his family quickly moved to carry out the simple funeral he demanded in the event of his death. As Prince’s family gathered at his home this week, his brother-in-law revealed that the music icon had been awake for ‘154 hours straight’, or six-and-a-half days. While fans flocked to his Paisley Park home and studio in Chanhassen, the star's body had been released to his family at around 1pm on Friday after a four-hour autopsy was completed at the Minnesota medical examiner's office. The body arrived at the First Memorial Waterston Chapel by 2pm where just his sister Tyka, her son Prez and another family member were in attendance to say a final goodbye. The modest service, which began an hour later, cost just $1,645 according to the price list, the Telegraph reported. Prince's family remained inside for four hours until the service ended and they were presented with the star's ashes And these pictures, obtained by the Sunday Mirror, show the moment a casket containing Prince's ashes were carried out to a car under the cover of a black jacket and taken to his final resting place. Maurice Phillips, who is married to Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, said that Prince had not slept in six-and-a-half days before he was found dead at his home, as previously reported by Dailymail.com. ‘He worked 154 hours straight,’ Phillips, 52, told fans who milled around outside Paisley Park, Prince’s compound and recording studio in Chanhassen, southwest of Minneapolis, Saturday. ‘I was with him just last weekend,’ he added. ’He was a good brother-in-law.’ Prince’s insomnia clashes with reports that he was taking high levels of Percocet, but in some cases, users of the drug have said it keeps them awake. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3556673/Pictured-moment-Prince-s-ashes-carried-waiting-car.html
  15. While the untimely death of iconic musician Prince left millions of his fans in deep grief, suspense looms on the inheritance of Prince’s massive estate including Paisley Park. With an estimated worth of $250 million and another $100 million set to be added in the next five years, Prince Rogers Nelson’s wealth was reportedly not apportioned in a proper will. He died on April 21 at the age of 56. Prince had already lost his parents but has a biological sister. Besides the biological sister Tyka Nelson, he has three more half-brothers and two half-sisters. Though many see Tyka as the most likely candidate, reports say disputes are possible. He married twice. Prince’s only child with ex-wife Mayte Garcia died soon after birth. His second marriage with Manuela Testolini was annulled in 2006. According to estate attorney Jeffrey P. Scott, a partner at Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates, the inheritance issue can turn ticklish if no will is confirmed, reports the website People.com. In the absence of a will, it is possible that that all of Prince’s siblings can split the fortune. Minnesota probate code allows such sharing of assets among siblings as well as half-siblings. Scott also noted that organisations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, in which Prince was a member cannot claim his money unless named in the will. However, attorney Kamilla Mishiyeva of New York City’s Mishiyeva Law threw caution and said:“The likeliness of a will contest or a claim against the estate is very likely.” Some media reports highlighted the richer musical legacy left behind by Prince in unreleased work. So far the artist has released 39 studio albums and at least 26 albums’ are waiting to be released at his Minnesota mansion, reports Quartz. According to Susan Rogers, Prince’s former sound engineer” “It’s an actual bank vault, with a thick door,” referring to the unreleased stash of music. Prince himself said in a media interview that heavy work is in the pipeline: “I’ve vaulted so much stuff, going way back to the ’80s, because I didn’t want people to hear it—it wasn’t ready,” the musician told the New York Post in 2015. “One day I’ll go back and finish it, and it’ll feel like no time has passed. To me, time folds back on itself.” The musician had many ongoing legal battles with music labels including Warner Bros over artistic ownership. Only one song of Prince is available on Spotify after the artist withdrew his catalogue from major streaming services in 2015. Source: http://www.australianetworknews.com/princes-wealth-will/
  16. Prince appeared on a December 10, 1999 episode of CNN's Larry King Live and talked about his career, his new album and why he changed his name.
  17. The late rockstar Prince, who was known to be a devout Jehovah's Witness, regretted he didn't talk to Michael Jackson more about his faith before he died, recalls Dudley Brooks, photo editor at The Washington Post, who met the mononym pop icon in 2010. "During a break in the shoot — which actually turned out to be the end of the session — we chatted about his faith as a devout Jehovah's Witness and the challenges of being a door-to-door evangelist," writes Brooks, of his visit to Prince's house in the suburbs of Minneapolis. "It's not every day that someone like Prince comes to your door with the aim of putting you on a spiritual path, but he said that he used various disguises to deflect attention. Eyeglasses, conservative suits, a different way of combing his hair — he tried them all. People still recognized him, but he said that they never called him out on it. They listened to his message and respected his opinion," Brooks adds. At the time, the death of the music legend Michael Jackson, who was also at one point known to be a devout Jehovah's Witness, was still fresh on everyone's minds. "Prince admitted the two had talked about the challenges of mixing fame with a religious journey. He said that it was difficult for both of them, and he personally couldn't have done it at a younger point in his life. He wished he could have talked to Michael more about it before he died." Prince died last week at age 57. He was found unresponsive in the elevator of his Chanhassen, Minnesota, estate and could not be revived through CPR. The official cause of death is still unknown. Prince was raised a Seventh-day Adventist. In a 2009 interview, he told People magazine, "My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,'" and she said, 'Why?' and I said 'Because an angel told me so.'" TIME magazine journalist Mark Brown noted that Prince had once attempted to convert him. In a 2004 interview with Prince, the two "talked a bit about God, both as a deity and as a subject in Prince's songs such as 'The Holy River' and 'Let's Go Crazy.' While the lyrics and stage show could be risque, he had never stopped believing or invoking God's name in his songs." Prince told Brown that God "is great," noting that he continued to write about Him because He was such a big part of his life. "On my way out the door, Prince gave me a Watchtower pamphlet, looked me in the eye and told me that when I was ready I should call his publicist anytime, day or night, and she would get him on the phone immediately so he could convert me himself," Brown revealed. In the headline of a story after his death, the Post identified Prince as "a conservative Christian who reportedly opposed gay marriage." The headline fails to note that it's hard to call the Jehovah's Witnesses "conservative" Christians, in light of the fact that they are not Trinitarian, traditional Christians in the first place, with their denial of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus, remarked Terry Mattingly of in the GetReligion blog. Source: http://www.christianpost.com/news/prince-wished-he-talked-michael-jackson-about-his-faith-before-he-died-162583/
  18. El fallecido cantante Prince tenía una norma para los invitados en su estudio de grabación Paisley Park de Minnesota, donde falleció el jueves a los 57 años. La revista People difunde que el cantante era un devoto testigo de Jehová y cobraba una multa a todos los que decían palabrotas en su presencia. "Si decías una palabrota en Paisley Park te ponía una multa de entre tres y diez dólares. Y no era ninguna broma, tenías que poner el dinero en metálico en un bote. De hecho, un día me golpeé la rodilla con una maleta y [como testigos de Jehová] se supone que no podemos decir palabrotas, nuestra filosofía es:'Maldice las cosas, no a la gente'. Se me escapó un '¡Maldición!' y él me dijo rápidamente: '¿Qué acabas de decir?'", recordó James Lundstrom, uno de los miembros de la congregación de Prince en St. Louis Park, a People. Quienes llegaban a la propiedad del cantante sabían de la norma imperante y llegaban ya preparados con dinero en efectivo. "En una ocasión tuvo como invitada a una cantante de Los Ángeles y ella se trajo algo de dinero preparado. No era muy famosa, era una de las cantantes que hacen los coros, pero había trabajado con un montón de gente famosa. Había acudido a Paisley Park para un ensayo y no paró de poner dinero en el tarro. Ponía billetes dentro una y otra vez. Una de las mañanas -bueno, una mañana según el concepto de Prince, que sería alrededor de las cuatro de la tarde- resultó especialmente divertida: se fue al cajero automático, regresó con un puñado de billetes de cien dólares y le dijo a Prince: 'Tómalos y ponlos en el tarro. Estoy pagándote por adelantado'", explicó James. Incluso, se dijo en la entrevista que Prince era un miembro activo de los testigos de Jehová, por lo que cumplía con la costumbre de predicar el evangelio de puerta en puerta. "Al principio solo acudía como testigo. Él tenía acceso a un territorio más especial. Podía hablar con personas que no estaban al alcance del resto. Celebridades, por ejemplo", aseguró otro de los miembros de su congregación, Anna Barry. "Llevaba siempre traje y corbata. No habrías sido capaz de distinguirlo del resto de asistentes. Creo que quería privacidady mi opinión es la siguiente: necesitaba tener una vía de escape para su creatividad. A lo mejor sencillamente lo necesitaba para sobrevivir", dijo Anna. Sobre los señalamientos de que Prince murió a consecuencia de una sobredosis, Anna dijo: "Cuando nos enteramos de la forma en la que murió, si realmente fue debido a una sobredosis, pensaría que fue víctima de una plaga que afecta a nuestra sociedad en muchos niveles. Si fue realmente debido a una sobredosis. Espero que no lo sea. Pero lo vería como una víctima, no como alguien que tomó una decisión consciente al respecto". Fuente: http://www.e-consulta.com/nota/2016-04-25/espectaculos/revelan-que-prince-era-un-devoto-testigo-de-jehova
  19. O site de celebridades TMZ está a avançar que Prince, músico norte-americano, morreu, esta quinta-feira, aos 57 anos. Uma fonte da família do músico confirmou a morte à CNN. Prince Rogers Nelson foi um dos mais profícuos e inovadores autores e instrumentistas da música pop norte-americana. Foi autor de sucessos como "Purple Rain", "Kiss" ou "Raspberry Beret". Chegou ao topo da fama no final dos anos 70 e ao longo das décadas seguintes cimentou uma carreira que passou por diversos estilos de música. Ganhou sete prémios Grammy, um Oscar e entrou no "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" em 2004. Vendeu mais de 100 milhões de discos. Recorde-se que a 16 de abril, o músico foi levado ao hospital, no estado do Illinois, nos EUA, depois de se ter sentido mal a bordo de um avião. O voo em que seguia fez uma aterragem de emergência no aeroporto de Quad City, para que o cantor fosse levado ao hospital. Três horas depois de dar entrada na unidade hospitalar, teve alta e voltou a entrar no avião para regressar a casa. O cantor tinha atuado recentemente em Atlanta. Link: http://www.jn.pt/cultura/interior/prince-morreu-aos-57-anos-avanca-tmz-5137761.html
  20. Prince overdosed on the opiate Percocet six days before he died and had to be given a 'save shot' sources said Drug is a highly-addictive painkiller that contains acetaminophen and oxycodone and is used to treat acute pain Friends said he had long-term hip issues but was rumored to refuse surgery because he was a Jehovah's Witness Pop superstar's autopsy was completed today and his body will be given to his family, but results could take weeks Prince's private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, so he could be rushed to hospital last week The 57-year-old music icon was then seen on Wednesday at a Walgreens pharmacy looking 'frail and nervous' He died aged 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday after being found unresponsive in an elevator Legendary singer and songwriter sold more than 100million records in his sparkling 40-year music career Prince was known for his sexually charged lyrics and was romantically linked to a number of male and female stars Prince overdosed on Percocet he was taking for a chronic hip problem he had been suffering for years after refusing to have an operation because of his strict Jehovah's Witness faith, sources have claimed. The pop superstar died yesterday aged 57 and is said to have overdosed on the highly addictive painkiller six days earlier, TMZ reported. Prince had used a cane to help him walk for years after causing irreparable damage to his hips with his lively stage performances. He had long needed a double hip replacement, but was rumored to have turned down surgery because it would require a blood transfusion - which conflicted with his religious beliefs. The Purple Rain star took so many Percocet pills that he had to be given a 'save shot' after his private plane made an emergency landing so he could be rushed to hospital last Friday, sources close to the star claimed. Meanwhile, a source told People that Prince had been battling an 'ongoing illness'. 'The people close to him were very concerned for his health and indicated he'd been undergoing treatments which made his immune system weak,' the source said. Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier told CBS that Prince did have surgery on his hips but was still struggling with pain, as well as having issues with his ankles. 'The hip and ankle issues were a problem for him for so long, and for a man who loved to move and dance so much, it really bothered him,' Frazier said. Prince's autopsy went ahead as planned today and his body will be handed over to his family later today. Last night pictures emerged of Prince walking out of a Walgreens pharmacy just 15 hours before he was pronounced dead. It is not known whether he was picking up Percocet or any other prescription. Prince's private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on Friday after he performed in Atlanta so he could be rushed to hospital. His plane descended 45,000ft in just 17 minutes after an 'unresponsive male' was reported on board the plane, a source told NBC News, and the fire department and paramedics were alerted of the incoming medical incident. Though his representatives said he was battling the flu, multiple sources told TMZ that doctors gave him a 'save shot', which is usually given in dire circumstances to drug overdose victims. The sources said doctors advised Prince to stay at the hospital for 24 hours, but when he wasn't given a private room, he and his representatives decided to leave. When he left the hospital, Prince 'was not doing well', the sources added. He was released three hours later and made an appearance at a party in Minnesota the next day, telling fans to 'wait a few days before you waste any prayers'. Prince was then found unresponsive in the elevator at his suburban Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at 9.43am EST on Thursday and was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later. WHAT IS PERCOCET? HIGHLY-ADDICTIVE OPIATE DRUG THAT PRINCE MAY HAVE OVERDOSED ON BEFORE HIS DEATH Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone and is used to treat acute pain, often for those with joint problems. The opiate drug is highly addictive and is usually not prescribed to people who have a history of drug addiction. Side effects of Percocet include seizures. Prince had epilepsy as a child and suffered seizures, although he later claimed he no longer had the condition after being healed by an angel. Overdose can cause vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, and yellowing of the skin. As the overdose progresses, users start to feel faint, their heart rate slows and they can eventually stop breathing and fall into a coma. Actor Heath Ledger, who died following a prescription drug overdose in 2008, had oxycodone in his system and had also taken a lethal cocktail of other substances. Soul singer Gerald Levert also had Percocet in his blood stream when he died of an overdose in 2006. He also had Vicodin in his system. Prince's autopsy took place today, but the results will not likely be known for weeks. 'The Chief Medical Examiner for Midwest Medical Examiners Office, on behalf of Carver County Sheriff's Office, has performed the autopsy on Prince Rogers Nelson,' a spokesman for the examiner said. 'The autopsy began at 9am CDT and was completed by Dr A Quinn Strobl at 1pm local time. The body will be released to family later today. 'As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr Nelson's medical and family history will be taken into consideration. 'Midwest Medical Examiners Office will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained. Gathering results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks.' ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ His cause of death is not known, but in a call to paramedics on the way to Prince's home, a 911 dispatcher said: 'Male down, not breathing.' In the midst of the phone call, the dispatcher asks, 'Are you with the person who's…' and the unidentified male responds, 'Yes, it's Prince'. The caller struggles to find the address of the home and has to ask several people for numbers and streets. He struggles to decipher Minneapolis from the suburban Chanhassen, and tells the dispatcher they are in Minneapolis before finally telling the dispatcher that they are at Paisley Park. The dispatcher finally gets the address sorted out - after realizing that it is Prince that is unresponsive - and sends an ambulance toward the estate in Chanhassen. It is unclear which hospital Prince was taken to in Moline following the emergency landing last week. The closest hospital to the airport is Trinity Regional Health System. The city is also home to the Genesis Health Plex. Trinity Moline and nearby Trinity Rock Island hospitals have both denied treating Prince. The 57-year-old music icon was then seen at about 7pm on Wednesday at a Walgreens pharmacy looking 'frail and nervous' with a group of employees or friends. It was his fourth visit to the pharmacy this week. It is unknown why he went to the store himself or if he picked up a prescription, though per Walgreens protocol, anyone with Prince's phone number and address could have retrieved medication for him. Prince had always claimed that he was drug-free, making the news of his alleged overdose all the more shocking. Prince had previously revealed that he was epileptic and had suffered seizures as a child. He was bullied at school over his condition which he said he dealt with by developing his iconic larger-than-life personality. The singer, a devout Jehovah's Witness, later told his mother he had been cured by an angel. While Prince never made clear if he was still struggling to live with epilepsy, his song The Sacrifice of Victor tells the story of a boy who was 'epileptic 'til the age of seven'. Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin made the bizarre suggestion that Prince may have contracted the Zika virus. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ COUNTDOWN TO PRINCE'S DEATH Thursday, April 14: Prince performs in Atlanta and appears to be fine. Friday, April 15: Prince's private plane makes an emergency landing at Moline, Illinois, and he is taken to hospital for 'flu symptoms'. He is released after three hours of treatment. Saturday, April 16: Prince goes to a party in Minnesota to give 'proof' he is still alive. 'Wait a few days before you waste any prayers,' he tells fans. Sunday, April 17: Prince is seen riding a bicycle outside his apartment. Wednesday, April 20: Prince is seen looking 'frail and nervous' at a Walgreen's store near his estate at around 7pm. It is his fourth visit to the pharmacy this week. Thursday, April 21: Prince is found unresponsive in an elevator inside his compound at 9.43am. He is pronounced dead at 10.07am. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY DO DEVOUT JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES REFUSE TO HAVE BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS EVEN WHEN SERIOUSLY ILL? Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Bible teaches against the storage or transfusion of blood and will turn down transfusions even in emergencies. They believe that blood represents life and is sacred to God, and that only the blood shed by Christ can save their lives. Refusals to accept blood transfusions or donations have caused uproar in the past, particularly in cases when Jehovah's Witness parents have refused to let their children have life-saving treatment. Some followers of the faith believe they can have bloodless surgery, which sometimes sees organs drained of blood before they are donated to a Jehovah's Witness. There are 6.5million active Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide, including the likes of Serena Williams. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3554087/Prince-dies-aged-57.html

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