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Prince 'hadn't slept for six days before death'

Published 25/04/2016

Prince pictured in 1986
Prince pictured in 1986
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 15, 2004 shows, Inductee Prince performing a song of George Harrison along with Tom Petty after the late Beatle was inducted during the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 16, 1990 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 16, 1990 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 4, 1994 shows musician Prince (R) acknowledging applause after receiving from Italian tenor Placido Domingo (L) the "Outstanding Contribution to the Pop Industry" award during the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOGPATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- died suddenly at his compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016, a representative said. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF HAYNES AND Roberto SCHMIDTJEFF HAYNES,ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2007 shows US musician Prince performing during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- died suddenly at his compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016, a representative said. He was 57. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
This June 7, 1984 photo, Prince performs in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
This June 7, 1984 photo, Prince performs in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this March 17, 1983 photo, Prince appears at the Met Center in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this Dec. 25, 1984 photo, Prince performs at St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
This May 1, 1990 photo, Prince performs a benefit in memory of ex-bodyguard Chick Huntsberry in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
In this May 2, 1990 photo Prince performs a benefit concert for the family of Charles (Big Chick) Huntsberry in Minneapolis. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 26, 2005 shows, Performer Prince arrivING for the 77th Academy Awards 27 February, 2005, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 25, 1986 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GEORGEPASCAL GEORGE/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 21, 1998 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on August 25, 1986 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Zenith venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GEORGEPASCAL GEORGE/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
This black and white photo taken on June 17, 1987 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Bercy venue in Paris. Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died Thursday at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare. / AFP PHOTO / Bertrand GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 14/11/06 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/02/97 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/09/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 10/08/88 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PA
File photo dated 24/02/97 of Prince arriving at the Brit Awards in London, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/02/85 of Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 20/09/95 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/02/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Musician Prince performs his first of three shows onstage during "One Night... Three Venues" hosted by Prince and Lotusflow3r.com held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on March 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com)
File photo dated 02/10/02 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Tim Whitby/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/09/95 of Prince, who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 08, 2015 shows Prince presenting an award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in this February 8, 2015. Pop icon Prince has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. The musician's publicist confirms Prince's death. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
File photo dated 15/02/06 of Prince performing on stage at the Brit Awards, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 6: Singer Prince (R) and his wife Manuela Testolini sit in the audience at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre, March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Prince and Manuela Testolini arrive at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Prince walks on stage during the 77th Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES - MARCH 19: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. NEW ORLEANS - JULY 2: Prince performs at the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival at the Superdome on July 2, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 9: Musician Prince presents the award for "Favorite Leading Lady" onstage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
File photo dated 09/06/99 of Prince, with his former wife Mayte Garcia, as the singer has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2010 file photo, musician Prince performs in Yas Island, on the final night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)
FILE - In this April 10, 1997 file photo, Prince performs a medley of "Take Me With U" and "Rasberry Beret" at the 4th annual VH1 Honors in Universal City, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 1985 file photo, Prince performs in concert at Riverfront Coliseum during his Purple Rain Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Rob Burns, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2008 file photo, Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1985 file photo, Prince performs before a sold-out audience, in Houston. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home in Minnesota, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/F. Carter Smith, File)
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/08/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/05/07 of singer Prince who has died at the age of 57, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, where his recording studio is located early on Thursday. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. MIAMI - FEBRUARY 01: Musician Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
FILE - 21 APRIL 2016: Musician Prince has reportedly Died at 57 on April 21, 2016. LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 09, 2013 shows Musician Prince speaks onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / KEVORK DJANSEZIANKEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 30, 2011 shows US singer and musician Prince performing on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 10, 2013 shows musician Prince as he presents the winner for Record of the Year during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- has died at his compound in Minnesota, entertainment website TMZ reported on April 21, 2016, citing unnamed sources. Local authorities said a death investigation was underway at Prince's Paisley Park complex, but did not give the identity of the fatality. / AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/08/86 of Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, according to celebrity website TMZ. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2016. See PA story DEATH Prince. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Authorities are investigating a death at Paisley Park, where pop superstar Prince has his recording studios. Jason Kamerud, Carver County chief sheriff's deputy, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the investigation began on Thursday morning, April 21, 2016. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Prince looked "pale and weak" in one of his final public appearances prior to his untimely death last week (21Apr16), a record store employee has revealed.

Prince reportedly worked for six days without any sleep prior to his death.

The singer died aged 57 at his home in Minnesota on Thursday (21Apr16). Since his untimely passing, there have been numerous reports of what may have contributed to his death, including reports he overdosed on painkiller Percocet, which he was allegedly taking for hip issues.

However, Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips has come forward to admit the singer had been awake for a staggering six days straight before his passing.

According to the Press Association, Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, told fans outside the singer's Paisley Park complex: "He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law."

Prince's former manager Kerry Gordon has since spoken about Phillips' allegations. While the singer had built up a tolerance to sleep deprivation, Gordon thinks six days of being awake could have been a "contributing factor" to Prince's death.

"Prince wasn't normal like the regular person, he could function on a lot less sleep than most people," Gordon told television show Good Morning Britain on Monday (25Apr16). "And we would go, you know, three days sometimes without him getting any sleep. But I do think six days without sleep is unusual and that could be a contributing factor."

One of Prince's last public appearances came when he visited the Electric Fetus record shop in Minneapolis just five days before his death.

His trip to the store came just hours after his plane had an emergency landing on the Friday night (15Apr16). At the time, Prince's team said it was due to "flu symptoms" but it has since been alleged that it was the Percocet overdose that caused the singer's hospital dash.

Max Timander, who works at the store, said his fellow employees had told him the singer didn't look in "the best shape" during the outing on the Saturday (16Apr16).

Timander told the Press Association: "Everyone I've talked to on that Saturday said he looked kind of pale and he was not totally looking in the best shape as he normally is.

"It sounded like he was looking kind of weak. I know he had just got over the flu supposedly."

Timander added that the final six records purchased by Prince during his trip to Electric Fetus were Talking Book by Stevie Wonder, The Time Has Come by The Chambers Brothers, Hejira by Joni Mitchell, Inspirational Gospel Classics by Swan Silvertones, The Best Of Missing Persons and Santana IV by Santana.

Following Prince's death, sales of his work have understandably increased dramatically. Two of his albums, The Very Best of Prince and the soundtrack for his movie Purple Rain, took the number one and number two spots respectively on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this weekend (23-24Apr16).

Another of his albums, The Hits/The B-Sides, featured in sixth position on the chart.

According to Billboard, if they look at the week ending April 21, Prince's overall album catalogue sold an incredible 256,000 copies - an increase of 5,298 per cent compared to just 5,000 units the previous week.

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