Record store employee said “he looked kind of pale.”
Max Timander, an employee of record store Electric Fetus, 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 Prince bought copies of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book, Santana’s Santana IV, and Joni Mitchell’s Hejira. He also picked up The Chambers Brothers’ ‘The Time Has Come’, Swan Silvertones’ Inspirational Gospel Classics, and The Best Of Missing Persons.
In a separate interview with The Sun, Prince’s brother-in-law Maurice Phillips has claimed that his relative “worked for 154 hours straight” without sleep in the days before he was found dead: “I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law.”
He also revealed that Prince’s Paisley Park estate will be turned into a museum: “It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy.”
Prince was cremated in a private ceremony on Saturday attended by his close friends and family. The remains of the singer, who died on at his Paisley Park complex in Minnesota, will be stored privately by his family.
Tributes to Prince have been coming in thick and fast and continued over the weekend, with Saturday Night Live devoting their entire runtime to his life, legacy and performances on the show.
Writing on Morrissey fansite True To You yesterday, the former Smiths frontman compared Prince to Queen Elizabeth II: “Prince, who made something of his life as opposed to having fortune handed to him, is far more ‘royal’ than Elizabeth 2”.
He added: “Prince has influenced the world more than is suspected, and somehow the life of his music is just beginning, and he would be thanked not only by humans but also animals for living his lyrical life as he did.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen opened his Brooklyn show on Saturday with a cover of ‘Purple Rain’. Watch the performance below.
On Friday it was announced that Prince’s autopsy was complete, and that results of an investigation into his death are likely to take up to four weeks.
Read Andrew Friedman’s tribute to the baddest motherfucker on the planet.