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      Prince’s final days: Singer said his ‘soul left his body’ during previous overdose and complained that life was ‘boring,’ telling his girlfriend after final concert that ‘now he could go away’

      • Prince’s girlfriend at the time of his death, Judith Hill, told investigators that the singer was ‘depressed’ in his final days
      • On April 16, Hill was with Prince when he suffered a near-fatal overdose during a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis
      • Prior to that he had performed two shows in Atlanta, and said after the concert that he found life ‘incredibly boring’ before telling Hill: ‘Now I can go away’
      • Prince was revived with NarCan, requiring close to four times the amount a casual user would require according to an EMT
      • Later, he told Hill that his soul left his body and he floated above everyone during the overdose, but grew angry he was given NarCan
      • Five days later he was found dead at his Paisley Park estate from an overdose

       

      Prince’s Last Performance – Photography: Evan Carter

       

      The singer who was in a relationship with Prince when he passed away in April 2016 told investigators that the star had been ‘depressed’ in the days before his death, and told her his soul left his body during an overdose.

      Judith Hill told the Carver County Sheriff’s Office that Prince had hit a particularly low point the night of what would become his final concert in Atlanta on April 16.

      During his last gig, photographer Evan Carter captured the singer thrusting his microphone stand into the air in front of a huge crowd.

      ‘He wasn’t really feeling well until he did his first show and he did an amazing, incredible show, and then he came back to his dressing room and you know, I went into the dressing room and I say, “hey amazing show,”‘ Hill said in her interview.

      ‘He was just in a really, I’ve never seen him, he was just kind of, oh man. “I enjoy sleeping more these days,” you know, “maybe it means I’ve done all I’m supposed to do here on Earth,” stuff like that. And I was kind of like … “so you don’t enjoy being here when you’re awake?” He’s like, “no, it’s boring, incredibly boring.”‘

      Hill then added: ‘He was kind of depressed.’

      The singer had also referred to his final show as a ‘mountain top ‘ performance, telling Hill: ‘Now I can go away.’

      The singer’s mood improved she said when he was visited by musicians Janelle Monae and CeeLo Green, who spent time with Prince and Hill backstage before the two headed back to Minneapolis with Prince’s assistant Kirk Johnson.

      I thought he was dead. He’s just limp. We’re shaking him and there’s nothing.
      -Judith Hill on the moments after the overdose

      Prince was still in good spirits on the ride to the plane as he spoke about his love of Fleetwood Mac and the thrill of seeing them in concert said Hill, but things then took a bizarre turn after they boarded their private aircraft.

      ‘He asked me if I needed a cough drop … and he goes to the back of the plane and fiddles with his bag, and he’s fiddling for a while and then he comes back and hands me a cough drop,’ said Hill.

      ‘And he goes back to the bag and he’s fiddling with the bag for a while again and finally comes back and talks about he wants me to stay with him in Paisley Park for another day so we can watch movies, just hang out for awhile.’

      This was all happening just moments before Prince’s overdose said Hill.

      ‘And then he says, “we’ll see, I might need to sleep you know, get some rest,” and I was like, “yeah sure, whatever you got to do,” and that’s when it happened,’ said Hill.

      ‘The lady had brought out food and he took a couple bites then he just looks down and it looked like we were both going to kind of prepare to go to sleep and his eyes were fixed.’

      She continued: ‘So he nods off and then I hear some water spilling and I look under the table and he still has the water bottle in his hand and it’s spilling … I went straight up to Kirk, I woke Kirk up and I said, “hey Kirk, I don’t know. I don’t know.”

      He explained what happened to his body, he’s like, ‘I left. My soul left. I could hear you, I could hear everybody talking and I kept saying, “how am I going to get back to my body,” and it was the hardest thing’

      Johnson quickly talked to the pilots and they decided to land the plane, despite being just an hour from their destination, with Hill stating there was no clear sign of a heartbeat and he was not breathing.

      ‘I thought he was dead,’ said Hill.

      ‘He’s just limp. We’re shaking him and there’s nothing.’

      When they touched down at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois there were emergency vehicles waiting, but it was Johnson who carried the singer off the plane.

      The paramedics said he was taking four-breaths-a-minute when he was taken off the plane, so they administered 2 milligrams of the opioid antidote naloxone, also known as NarCan.

      That is twice the amount used to revive a ‘casual’ drug user, but it did not work in Prince’s case, forcing them to administer another 2 milligram dosage.

      ‘His body started convulsing rapidly and they’re like it’s looking like it’s wearing off we got to hit him again,’ said Hill.

      ‘And then we get there and they pull him out and he’s looking around and I’m like, “oh my god thank you he’s alive … I really thought he was dead.’

      Piano man: Prior to that he had performed two shows in Atlanta, and said after the concert that he found life ‘incredibly boring’ before telling Hill: ‘Now I can go away’

       

      Waving: Prince was revived with NarCan, requiring close to four times the amount a casual user would require according to an EMT (Prince in Atlanta at his last concert)

      Once at Trinity Medical Center, the singer refused to say much to the nurses and doctors or reveal what he had taken earlier that night.

      He also refused blood tests or to stay for further observation.

      Prince did recap his experience to Hill.

      ‘He explained what happened to his body, he’s like, “I left. My soul left. I could hear you, I could hear everybody talking and I kept saying, ‘how am I going to get back to my body,’ and it was the hardest thing,”‘ recalled Hill.

      ‘I said no more of these pills and he said, “well that means I can’t perform because my hands are hurting.”‘

      Hill then made a point of telling the officers what a shock that statement was to hear.

      ‘That’s the first time I heard that … he’s like, “I think it’s because I mixed the two I won’t do that again. I know my body well, I’m a pretty good judge,”‘ said Hill.

      He also took issue with the NarCan, stating: ‘This tornado that I experienced that only happened when they gave me this shot. I would have woken up.’

      Hill said she grew more concerned because he had started to ‘rationalize’ the overdose, and made a point of telling his team about her concerns before she flew home that evening.

      She also tweeted about how amazing the show was at the request of Prince.

      It would be the last time she would ever see him alive.

      ‘I just kept telling [his manager] Phaedra [Ellis-Lamkins] make sure he goes to the doc,’ said Hill.

      ‘His last words for me were, “it feels like your stay here was too short,” that’s what he told me.’

      She then admitted she is not sure if Prince wanted to die, and is torn ’50/50.’

      Hill also told investigators: ‘Tyka [Prince’s sister] said she knew he was dying I guess two years ago.’

      She said that in the end though, she ultimately feels Prince was trying to kick the drugs, and that it breaks her heart.

      The two had been dating for close to two years at the time, with the two spending a few weeks together at Paisley Park and then a few weeks apart when Hill return to Los Angeles.

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