The “news” reports speculating on the cause of Prince’s death make me more nauseous every day. It reminds me of what happened after Michael Jackson’s death: the press fueled rumors designed to distract us from his genius and his profound impact on the world.
My housemate is caught up in these Prince stories because she wants an explanation. “I need closure,” she says to me. Of course we desire an answer, because it helps us process our grief, and know how to respond.
But if tabloids can make money off of a person’s death, truth is not a priority. And if that person threatened the status quo, the press has even more incentive to make up stories.* Given what happened when Michael died, I have to assume that the press is lying now.
Does it serve you to believe a lie?
If not, who does it serve?
Perhaps What happened to Prince? is the wrong question (unless you are willing to do a much-needed in-depth investigation!).
It might be more helpful to ask How did Prince live such an extraordinary life? or How did he make such astonishing works of art?
What I want to know is How did he use his art to change the world?
To truly mourn the loss of Prince, celebrate and study his life! Live his message! He (and Michael) still have so much to teach us.
“I think when one discovers himself, he discovers God.” Prince
Gorgeous artwork by Ali Franc
*Remember that 90 percent of the press in the US is owned by 5 corporations: Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany and Viacom. They represent and reinforce the values and interests of the status quo.