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Ray Roberts: Prince's personal chef speaks.
Everyone from fellow musicians to fans in general were shocked at the death age 57 of Prince or Prince Rogers Nelson to give him his full name. Tributes piled up outside his home in Minneapolis from bunches of flowers to balloons in the shape of the symbol he went by when not being known as Prince and also it is the colour of his symbol guitar.
He leaves a sister Tyka Nelson who presumably will inherit the estate of Paisley Park but whether he will leave anything to other family members or past girlfriends or wives is not known.
Prince was certainly a unique individual from song writing to acting to being a brilliant guitarist and all round musician. His concerts were legendary and he seemed to embrace and perform all kinds of music from Rock to Rap and Jazz and Soul. His musical influences ranged from Jimi Hendrix to James Brown and everything beyond and there are not many black or mixed - race performers who embrace such influences perhaps someone else was Michael Jackson, who incorporated Rock and R n B and all types of music into his music. Other black or mixed - race performers who basically play Rock and good Rock guitar at that are Slash and Lenny Kravitz.
Kravitz in particular was and is another artist influenced by Jimi Hendrix as Prince was and in the 80's and 90's was sometimes regarded as a rival to Prince. But Kravitz was an admirer of Prince and in 1990 they met and jammed with each other and on 'You Tube' footage can be seen of Kravitz and Prince performing 'American Woman' a Hendrix classic.
Going back to black or mixed - race performers of today, they all seem to me the same, all Rap, Hip - Hop and R n B which is a crying shame that no one stands out as Prince did.
Prince did have a few friends in the music world despite being known for being shy such as Bono from U2 and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. Prince would always be seen playing alongside Wood and other Stones members at his after show parties where close friends, family members, musicians and select fans could attend. In fact Prince was very generous to his fans throwing open his house for fans and lived his life in the city he was born in which is Minneapolis something many other stars do not do preferring to move away.
Prince's personal chef Ray Roberts has commented on the musicians state leading up to his death and his report is not a good one. Roberts said Prince was not himself and was always asking for fruit juices and smoothies. Roberts said Prince was not coping well with being sick all the time and Roberts was in Prince's employ for nearly three years.
Prince did not eat meat and his favourite food were dishes like roasted beets and minestrone soap with a harrisa chermoula which is a North African herb.
Prince was according to Roberts complaining of stomach pains a lot and he noticed whilst with Prince that he was drinking less water and eating less food and losing weight. Roberts said Prince exhibited "Not even a hint" that he was taking painkilling drugs presumably for his stomach.
A powerful painkiller may have been involved in his death called Percocet so anonymous law enforcement officers say.
What ever the facts or rumours of Prince's untimely demise the man in one way or another has impacted the world of popular music in a way many others have not and probably never will.