Phone hacking, false names and a first-class omelette recipe are just some of the details to have emerged about the legendary musician in the past 12 months
Princes death at persons under the age of 57, a year ago today, was not artfully stage-managed like David Bowies. There was no elegant album release to act as the final wave goodbye at the end of a glorious career. Twelve months on, the reasons for Princes demise, the fate of his estate and the likelihood of us hearing the full contents of his fabled vault remain unclear. We have, however, learned quite a lot about the purple ones cycling habits, his smartphone revulsion and his unlikely property empire. Things like
Prince had a drug problem, though not in the way you might believe . Prince became a Jehovahs Witness in 2001, and was remarkably clean-living. You were not permitted to drink or smoke at his Paisley Park reveals, and musicians had to pay into a cuss pail if they used foul language. However, Prince did suffer from hip problems, some tell as a result of his stage routine. Sheila E recollected how, on the 1984 -8 5 Purple Rain tour, Prince was in pain all the time, but maintained jumping off stage risers while wearing stack heels. A 2008 New Yorker profile described Prince as limping somewhat, and in 2009 he was rumoured to have turned down a double hip replacing, as Jehovahs Witnesses may not receive blood transfusions. Its unclear whether he eventually went through with the operation, though he appears to have begun taking opioids to control his ache. His ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, also suggests the death of his infant son, Boy Gregory, drove him towards pills.
Days before his death, Princes staff had contacted Dr Howard Kornfeld, a Californian specialist in pain-medication craving. Kornfeld was unable to see Prince personally, but sent his son, Andrew, in his place. Andrew was among Princes entourage when they discovered his body in a lift at Paisley Park, and its his voice audible on the 911 call recording.