A crowd pays tribute to Prince inside First Ave where "Purple Rain" was filmed late Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Minneapolis. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)
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Prince had spoken about struggling with childhood epilepsy, and friends said he had hip trouble. His former percussionist, Sheila E., told The Associated Press that Prince suffered the effects from years of jumping off risers and speakers on stage while wearing high heels.Prince's cousin Chazz Smith said he could not comment on reports about Prince's health and would not say when he last saw his cousin.Asked whether Prince's flight made such a landing at the Quad City Airport in Moline, public safety manager Jeff Patterson said Friday that a private Falcon 900 plane made a "medical diversion landing" at 1:17 a.m. that day.In the later show, Prince coughed a few times, though the show was again energetic.The night after that, Prince hosted a dance party at Paisley Park, where some fans said he looked fine and seemed irked by reports of an illness.Prince was slated to perform a surprise set of shows earlier this week in St. Louis but canceled last week because of health concerns, a promoter said.Heather McElhatton worked on and off as a set decorator for Prince's video shoots at Paisley Park from 1988 to 1998 . She said she never saw Prince take drugs or drink during her time there.
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