Music icon Prince was “preparing to die for a little while” after being diagnosed with AIDS, according to reports in the US.
A music industry source interviewed by The National Enquirer messaged friends on April 19 to say the singer was suffering from the disease.
“He was in bad shape,” the source claimed to the newspaper, as reported by Radar Online.
“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.”
The magazine claims the Purple Rain star was diagnosed with AIDS six months ago after contracting the HIV positive virus “in the 1990s”.
However due to his Jehovah’s Witness faith he refused medical treatment instead believing he could be cured by pray.
“God can and will cure me,” he is alleged to have told friends.
Members of his faith are also claimed to have told him to ignore saying to the singer he had “everlasting life”.
According to the Enquirer the disease saw him lose more than five stone in weight with the source telling them: “His face was yellowish, the skin on his neck was hanging off and the tips of fingers were a brownish-yellow.”
A day after his death Prince, 57, was cremated in a private ceremony attended by only three family members including his sister Tyka Nelson, 55.