*In the new issue of Us Weekly, one of Prince’s former collaborators, Sky Dangcil, says the musician began taking opioids to deal with chronic hip pain, and that he “took the pills to keep the show going.”
When the pain would become unbearable, the “When Doves Cry” singer would jet to his $12 million estate in Turks and Caicos, where he would just “rest his hips,” says Dangcil, who deejayed and played violin for Prince from 2000 to 2007. “Everyone saw that his hips were turning into a bigger problem,” Dangcil adds to Us. “He was always ‘on,’ so he wouldn’t complain or say anything was wrong.”
Prince’s longtime hairdresser Kim Berry told Us that, in private, Prince “was always in a lot of pain,” guessing his reported addiction to opioids probably stemmed from his nonstop commitment to music combined with “30 years of jumping off speakers with 4-inch shoes on.”
In 2010, Prince was forced to have hip replacement surgery. He also had to swap his trademark heeled boots for platform sneakers. “Walking around with a cane was not just to look supercool,” said Berry.
The seven-time Grammy winner died at age 57 on April 21, in an elevator of his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Law enforcement officials continue to probe the doctors and pharmacies that may have supplied Prince with prescription drugs. At least two doctors have been identified as having contact with Prince or his staff before he died. Neither is accused of wrongdoing.