Questions surrounding Prince’s death still looms, as authorities continued to investigate if the late music icon died from a drug overdose. Prince’s longtime chef recently spoke out about the Purple One’s health prior to his death.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Prince’s personal chef, Ray Roberts, said that he didn’t see any overt signs of the late musician’s failing health. However, he did notice changes in Prince’s diet.
Roberts stated that Prince wanted meals that were easier to digest and had episodes of upset stomach and often battled with sore throats.
“It felt like he wasn’t himself probably the last month or two,” he told AP. “I think he was just struggling with being sick a lot.”
Prince, who was a devout vegan, enjoyed health-conscious foods like roasted beets and minestrone soup with a harissa chermoula, an herb sauce from North Africa. But months before his untimely death, whenever Prince had a sore throat “for weeks at a time” he would prefer smoothies or fresh juices to soothe his throat or calm his stomach.
Despite his ailments, Prince would still work and record music in his Paisley Park compound. “It was amazing. I don’t think I ever saw him really looking bad ever. He was always on point,” said Roberts.
Roberts and his wife began cooking for Prince in 2013 after testing out several other chefs. He made all of the late guitarist’s meals in a restaurant-style kitchen at Paisley Park. The Purple One also had a strict rule about meat.
“I don’t know if it was just an unwritten rule, but there was no meat there – ever,” he said. “If somebody wanted to eat meat, they would have to eat it in the parking lot. And he was very serious about this.”
Overall, Roberts said that cooking for Prince was a dream job. The culinary guru had the opportunity to watch Prince jam out with other famous and witnessed what a “caring and thoughtful” person he was to other people.
“I wish he was still here,” he told AP as he wipe away a tear. “That’s what it boils down to.”
Roberts did cooked Prince’s last meal before his death on April 21. He cooked him a roasted red pepper bisque with a kale and spring vegetable salad. But Prince never ate it. Roberts found it days later in the refrigerator.