Doctors treated Prince for a drug overdose just six days before his death, TMZ reported late Thursday citing multiple unnamed sources.
The seven-time Grammy winner, best known for his wild personality and powerful songwriting that helped define pop music, was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate and studio in Minnesota. An autopsy on Friday will help determine the exact cause of death, though information won’t be available for several days, even weeks.
Prince produced more than 25 albums and sold more than 100 million albums. His first was in the 1970’s “For You” and he defined his own music career. One of his best friends, Celebrity Journalist Jamie Foster Brown, founder of Sister 2 Sister Magazine said, “I was shocked and sad at the same time. He was one of the most misunderstood musicians, performers, and fashion kings. I felt sorry for him in a lot of ways, because if you saw his movie, ‘Purple Rain’ you saw the pain he went through. Even though he had a lot of pain in his family relationship, he had so much to give anyway. He did give, and then he was a Jehovah’s Witness and was completely different than what he was before,” said Brown.
The music from the movie Purple Rain earned him an Academy Award and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. Playing guitars, keyboards, and drums, Prince Rogers Nelson was best known for his funk, rock, R&B, and pop, and defied all genres. He blossomed in the late 1970s and became a sex symbol, a musical genius and a pop artist who carved out his musical career in his bold fashion, often fighting with normal business practices and changing his name to the ‘Love Symbol’ to get control of his music. During his squabbles with Warner Bros music, the 14th studio album he did as a side project was called The Love Symbol Album featuring his backup band The New Power Generation. It sold five million copies.
“When he was bringing out a new group and a black female artist in a Los Angeles nightclub, I was sitting on some lit-up stairs leading to the stage, and all of a sudden I see this arm behind a crowd of people reaching out for me. He grabbed my arm and said, ‘can you take me out of here?’ which startled me at first, then I wrapped my arm around him and took him downstairs where other artists were sitting, and not even the body guards knew what had happened,” explained Brown. “His hands and arms were beautiful and flawlessly smooth. I was feeling his fingers and felt callouses on them from playing his guitar. He was always a mystical person.”
Jamie Brown has visited Prince at Paisley Park where she peeked into his private rooms, attended late night jam sessions with Prince, Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera at his house in Los Angeles. Most recently, Prince picked Jamie out of a crowd to ask for her help to get him someplace else for more privacy. For 26 years, Jamie Brown has been Publisher of the iconic Sister 2 Sister Magazine.
Jamie Brown has interviewed: Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce’, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Jamie Foxx, Whitney Houston to name a few. Jamie is revered as an icon in R&B and Hip Hop music.
Prince Rogers Nelson was a hot American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Additionally, Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. President Barack Obama, who had Prince as a White House guest last year, told the AP he and his wife “joined millions of fans from around the world” in mourning Prince’s sudden death. “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” Obama said in a statement. ”
Infamous film maker Kevin Smith talked about how Prince wanted to make a documentary in Paisely Park.
“He was an amazing workaholic,” said Celebrity Journalist Jamie Brown. “He was the first musician to buck against that music machine in his own output of music. I remember when he wrote ‘SLAVE’ across his face. It was a very difficult time, but Prince was strong enough, smart enough and fearless, which impressed me more than anything about him,” she said. “As for his musicality, I’m telling you I have seen many concerts, and he performed like no one else and I’ve never seen anything like it.” Brown also said, “When Prince was performing in concert, it was not just for you, but it was for him. I’m just so sad that we lost this wonder baby and wonderful child.” For more on the story and photos of Prince visited http://goo.gl/abPoEv. Feel free to leave your comments about this story and Prince below.