Prince’s assistant came forward with a story about circumstances surrounding the death of his former employer. He believes that Prince did not die of natural causes.
Mariah Brown says that Prince never drunk alcohol and didn’t do any drugs, “he was a very, very healthy person. … That man has more energy than me, and anyone I know,” she told the Associated Press.
“The whole death didn’t make sense to me. … He never came across as sick, or anything like that, ” adding weight to claims that Prince may have been killed by somebody as police continue their murder investigation.
Prince was found dead April 21 at his compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Toxicology reports will not be available for weeks, but a law enforcement official has told the AP that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.
The official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.
Prince had rescheduled concerts in the days before his death, citing illness.
Brown started working for Prince when she was referred by one of his friends who also worked with him. At the time, Brown was a 23-year-old model. As his assistant, she brought him his food, bought his clothes and did other tasks non-celebrities do for themselves on a daily basis. She also toured with him in addition to managing his personal details.
She remembers him telling them “‘there’s no endings. You can do whatever you want, as long as you put your all into it.’ … The words ‘can’t’ and ‘no’ never existed in his life.”
Prince was the only person who lived at Paisley Park, but she and his band members spent so many hours there, he wasn’t alone for most of the day. One moment he could be playing ping pong with his crew in fierce battle mode and the next he’d be at his sound stage.
And when the band or Brown would leave, he knew he could call them back and they’d be there.
“We would all stay about a mile up the road,” she said. “It was one of those things where if he did call and needed something, we would go get it for him.”
Brown said the two parted ways on a mutual note. She sent him a couple of emails just asking how he was after she left and he responded.
Why, she wonders, was he left alone if seriously ill?
Brown said she has stayed away from social media because of all the gossip surrounding Prince’s death.
“It’s like people are coming out just to try and throw dirt on his name,” she said. “It’s sad. Let that man rest in peace.”