Whoa. While live on MSNBC on Thursday, April 21, Aretha Franklin speculated that Prince could have died from the Zika virus. At this time, his cause of death is unknown, so it’s definitely possible. But could it be true? Watch the video here!
At this time, very little is known about how Prince died on Thursday, April 21. He reportedly had been battling the flu in recent weeks, and was rushed to a hospital for treatment on April 15, but those are the only details that are out there right now. Yet, music legend Aretha Franklin thinks it’s enough information to suspect the 57-year-old singer may have died from the Zika virus.
During a live interview on MSNBC on Thursday, April 21, Aretha said, “They’re saying flu-like symptoms. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with this Zika virus.” Watch the video above, and hear what else she had to say.
The Zika virus, which is a mosquito-born illness, first hit America earlier this year. In most people, symptoms of the virus are mild, including fever, headache, rash and possible pink eye, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But despite what Aretha Franklin said on live TV, the CDC says people “very rarely die of Zika,” according to Us Weekly. So until we know more, anything said is just mere speculation.
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“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed to HollywoodLife.com in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
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