Those who were close to Prince are gathering in Minnesota to honor his memory. That includes Sheila E., his longtime collaborator and one-time fiancee, who boarded a flight just hours after the singer died on April 21. Like the rest of us, Sheila is in the dark about what caused Prince’s death, but she’s desperate to find out.
Sheila E, one of Prince’s closest friends and ex-lovers, wasted no time in catching a flight to Minnesota to be surrounded by others who loved him after his death on April 21. The singer was understandably somber when photographers caught up with her in the airport, and she admitted she has no idea how her ex-fiancee died.
“Everyone gets sick once in a while,” she explained to TMZ, regarding Prince’s battle with the flu in the weeks before his passing. “We don’t know. We’re going to find out.”
Sheila met Prince at a concert in 1978 and they began working together, during which they became romantically involved. But, in her 2014 memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum, Sheila actually revealed that she and the late singer had been engaged — he popped the question by mouthing ‘Marry Me?’ to her in the middle of performing “Purple Rain” onstage. Even after they split, Prince and Sheila continued to work together, and were friends at the time of his death.
“My heart is broken. There are no words,” she tweeted after learning the news. “I love you! The meaning of the word loss has taken on new meaning this day. Thank God, love lives 4Ever.” Remember Prince by streaming his greatest hits here.
Even though Sheila, not to mention the rest of the world, is hoping to find out Prince’s cause of death as soon as possible, it might take some time. The autopsy was performed on April 22, but it could take weeks for all the reports to be completed.
The “Purple Rain” singer allegedly overdosed on Percocet less than one week before his passing, and even had to have a ‘save shot’ to stop the overdose. However, there has been no confirmation regarding an involvement of drugs in his death.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think Prince’s cause of death was?