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The cause of death of the Purple Rain hitmaker, who was found collapsed in his Paisley Park mansion in Minnesota last Thursday, is yet to be confirmed.
But last night a music industry source claimed he had been "preparing to die for a little while", adding: "He was in bad shape."
They told the National Enquirer: "Doctors told Prince his blood count was unusually low and that his body temperature had dropped dangerously below the normal 98.6 degrees to 94 degrees.
"He was totally iron-deficient, very weak and often disorientated. He rarely ate and when he did, it all came right back up."
The publication made the shocking claim that the singer was diagnosed with AIDS six months ago but refused medical attention due to his Jehovah's Witness faith.
According to the magazine he is alleged to have told friends: "God can and will cure me."
The report comes after the star's lawyer denied claims that the singer died from a drug addiction.
L. Londell McMillian has insisted: "Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn't walking around drugged up.
“That's foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said, 'He looks high.' It wasn't what he was about.”
He also said that he had heard from the star before his death and he was "doing fine".