Prince's Personal Chef Says The Late Musician Battled Throat & Stomach Ailments Before Passing
With developments still underway as to the cause of Prince's death, a member of his staff shared details that might help with the investigation.
With developments still underway concerning the cause of Prince's death, a member of his staff shared details that might help with the investigation. In an interview with the Associated Press, the "1999" singer's personal chef, Ray Roberts, revealed that Prince battled having a sore throat or endured stomach pains at various points over the course of two months.
Roberts also mentioned that Prince began to look frail in terms of losing weight after changing his diet and consuming less water. "It felt like he wasn't himself probably the last month or two," he said. "I think he was just struggling with being sick a lot."
The chef, who became a part of Prince's staff in 2013, said the 57-year-old music icon was not an advocate of meat-based meals. His diet consisted of vegetables, soups, or fresh juice smoothies, which he stepped up his intake of when he was battling a throat or stomach ailment.
Roberts also revealed an emotional circumstance that occurred the night before Prince passed away in his Paisley Park estate. He shared that he prepared a "red pepper bisque with a kale and spring vegetable salad" for Prince, but he didn't eat it. Upon returning to the "Purple Rain" artist's home for the memorial service, he found the untouched meal in the refrigerator.
"I wish he was still here," Roberts said. "That's what it boils down to."
News broke late last week that authorities drilled open Prince's vault, which stored unreleased music and other memorabilia. Given that he didn't create a will, there's a possibility that the government can take a majority of the items that were located in the vault. That likelihood falls under Minnesota's "death taxes" which means the government can receive a percentage of a person's estate when their wealth lands above $1.4 million.