The news of Prince’s death shocked the world after he was found dead on April 21. And while musicians and fellow artists have expressed their extreme sorrow, it’s Sheila E.’s heartbreaking statement that may be the most gut-wrenching of all. After all, Sheila was not only one of Prince’s proteges and collaborators, but also his ex-fiancée.
After Prince‘s death, fans, celebrities, and fellow musicians came out of the woodwork to express their sadness for losing such an icon far too soon. But perhaps the most tearful statement of all was by Sheila E., 58. Sheila, who met the legendary artist in 1978, posted her saddening remarks on April 21 via Twitter. It doesn’t get much more devastating than this.
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“My heart is broken. There are no words. I love you!” Sheila tweeted on April 21, just hours after the devastating news of Prince’s death was made public. SO sad! We can only imagine how unbelievably upset Sheila must be.
A statement released after Prince’s unexpected death read, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.” Although his cause of death has not yet been confirmed, just six days before he passed, Prince’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois in the middle of the night. The singer was then rushed to an emergency room and released just three hours later, according to reports. At the time, his rep confirmed to TMZ that the singer had been suffering from the flu for “several weeks” and that was what caused the emergency landing and hospital visit.
My heart is broken. There are no words.
I love you!
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) April 21, 2016
Sheila and Prince met way back in 1978 at a concert when she was performing with her father. The first thing Prince said to her was, “We were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband,” as he approached Sheila with his bassist. The two eventually joined forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions and she provided vocals to “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Erotic City” in 1984.
Prince ended up proposing to the beauty in 1987 — on stage no less! Sheila revealed in her memoir “The Beat of My Own Drum,” that the singer spun around half way into “Purple Rain” and mouthed, “Marry Me?” So sweet! However, the couple never actually tied the knot as their hectic careers took a toll on their relationship.
For those of you who wish to remember Prince for his incredible music, you can stream decades worth of his songs by clicking HERE. Some of his most memorable hits include “Purple Rain,” “1999,” and “Little Red Corvette.” He released his final studio album, HITnRUN Phase Two, in December 2015. There’s no question the prolific singer and songwriter will never be forgotten.
Our thoughts are with Prince’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. Leave your condolences below, HollywoodLifers.