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Sheila E. Talks About Prince's Death

By McCarton Ackerman 07/29/16

The singer opened up to Larry King about Prince's health, her grieving process, and paying tribute to the late music icon.

Sheila E. Talks About Prince's Death

Sheila E. is once again opening up about the tragic death of the late singer Prince. In a new interview with Larry King, the singer and ex-fiancée to Prince talked about the music icon and the aftermath of his passing.

During the interview with King, Sheila E. denied having any knowledge of Prince abusing prescription drugs and said she had never even “seen him take an aspirin or a Tylenol.” She also spoke about her performance last month at the BET Awards’ Prince tribute, in which she sang a medley of his hits including those that they collaborated on, admitting she questioned her ability to perform that night because she still wasn’t over his death.

"At that time, I couldn't look at a picture of him; I couldn't listen to his music. Anytime anyone said anything and 'how are you doing?' I'd just start crying. It was just very emotional," she said. "Even putting the music together was very emotional because I had to sit down and think about: 'What am I gonna do that I could get through and perform without breaking down?' I tried to do music that him and I are both known for."

Sheila E. also spoke about his physical health, claiming that decades of high-octane performances had started to take their toll physically.

"I know that he was in pain because I know that I'm in pain half the time. I've got injuries; I've fallen onstage. There's times where some of the pieces of the set have fallen on my head, hit my arm," she said. "I was always getting hurt, and so was he. Just think about it: If you look at him jumping from one riser to another, like this, in those heels. I don't know how he did it.”

Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home on April 21 at the age of 57. The Associated Press reported last month that his cause of death was officially ruled as a fentanyl overdose. It was also confirmed that he administered the drug himself, although it was unclear when he took it.

The singer’s death came one day before his management had arranged for him to meet with addiction expert Dr. Howard Kornfeld. An attorney for Kornfeld said the hope was to get Prince "stabilized in Minnesota and convince him to come to Recovery Without Walls in Mill Valley," the doctor's treatment center in California.

Check out the interview below:

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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