Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) Commenters Save Your Breath

Don’t make me do it.  Don’t make me delete my pieces on Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep from Youtube) or worse yet, write an even more blazing set of pieces than I already have written.  Oh GASP!  I can hear the shouts, cries, inflamed souls as well as the  trashy explicatives people would call me for having done it.  They are already echoing in my ears and brain.

I went to the lengths of putting a note on all of my blog pieces about Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) that I would no longer be reading, publishing or responding to any further comments about those pieces while asking readers to read something else on my blog from the several hundred pieces that I’ve written on differing topics.  Yet, Ralph Smarters or “The Cultists” as I have come to call and know them can’t seem to help themselves.  They have some sort of nagging need to defend this man with oftentimes, vulgar or insulting messages that I wouldn’t lower myself to respond to, let alone, publish for the rest of my readers. That’s telling me that there’s desperation within a good majority of those commenters who are sadly, Ralph Smart followers, living, breathing and taking in his every word.

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I re-paid a visit to Ralph’s channel on Youtube (no links need to be given here as the chap does a good enough job of self-promotion already.)  What I found were his “worshippers”.  Nearly 100% of them who commented on his videos were young, inexperienced, gullible and seemingly, brainwashed by Smart’s constant barrage of videos that he puts out in a week.  It was then that I realized that those who were commenting on my pieces, are in fact, (in their minds) defending their idol.  Smart has turned himself into both an idol for these younger people as well as a cult-leader.

“Seven Day Vegan Challenge.  Can I get a HELLLO?  PEEEACE.  And we ain’t even had breakfast yet.  Slow motion to this side.”

People have accused me of being bitter, salty, hate-filled, jealous, in love with him and a plethora of other idiotic labels because my pieces were not glorifying Smart.  In spite of me having said in many of them that I had once been binge-watching Smart’s videos until I figured out what he was doing to everyone, people still kept pounding at me and continue to do so.  I have written many more pieces since then but, those coming in, do so because they’ve done a search for Smart or info on him and found my blog.  They only read what they see in those pieces that turn up in their search but, nothing else I’ve written in my several hundred pieces over the past 5 years and somehow, ignorantly assume that they know everything about me.  That’s where the nasty, raunchy comments come into play that I trash because they’re not fit for the human eye let alone my readers.

More than anything, I have to wonder what it is that they are really taking away from Smart’s messages.  It seems that their anger, bitterness, hatred and even self-esteem is still rock bottom to write comments as they do.  More to the point, they don’t seem to have gotten any of Smart’s messages.  If they did, they wouldn’t be writing the types of comments that they’ve written.  Then, it hit me squarely in the face.  The answer was right there all along.

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Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) has given out few, if any, good, loving or helpful messages.

One need only to have seen the sheer numbers of people who have written to Smart and received no answer from him.  The begging, the pleading, the bargaining from these commenters both here and on his videos are pathetically showing the desperation that these followers have within themselves.  These are not necessarily whole, healthy, self-esteemed people.  These are broken or lost youngsters in search of either an idol, someone to tell them how to live their lives or even (in some cases) a parental figure.  However, Smart will charge you an arm and a leg for his time and the ability to talk to him.  Try to the tune of 350 British Pounds for an hour’s worth of time with him that is undefined as to what that session or time with him contains.

Laughable was the fact that the majority of Smart’s followers, are too young to have that kind of money.  He’s aimed his audience at a target group who will only ever follow his free Youtube videos and beg for him to contact them.  It’s sad to see people leaving their email addresses in public, pleading with him to write to them when he barely re-visits their comments.  He’s already moved onto his next video that he releases daily but, they don’t and won’t see that in him.  After all, he’s a role model, an idol, a “Guru” and akin to a cult leader to them.  He’s got the viewers alright but, he’s got the viewers who will likely never purchase a thing from him and that is what he wants…purchases.  He wants his bills paid by them because he doesn’t want to work a 9 to 5 job and has admitted that in many of his videos.  In effect, he wants troubled young people to pay his bills.

Good idea but, wrong crowd, Ralph.

More comical are the words that he utters in most of his videos.

“I’ve been helping millions of people for many, many years now,” he says, never wiping the smile from his face while I can’t stop the laughter coming from mine.

At this writing, Smart is still 30 years old.  He started Infinite Waters Diving Deep as a Youtube channel about 3 or 4 years ago.  So, how many years has he been “helping millions” as he phrases it as though delusional?  The math can speak for itself.

Still un-proven as no one who complains has yet to be able to give me a credible source that actually states that Smart is a real, certified psychologist as he claims.  While we know that he obtained a combined degree in Psychology and Criminology, that B.A. doesn’t make him either a Criminologist nor a Psychologist.  Being a psychologist requires either a PhD or a Master’s degree and at least 3 years doing clinical work as well as writing a board exam to get his license.  To the best of my research, Smart did none of this.

As a matter of fact, the closest that I’ve been able to find of Smart having done anything “clinical” comes in the form of him, having been placed in (yes, I am not joking or exaggerating this point as he admits it on a video of his during his early days linked HERE where he appears almost “manic”) a Psychiatric Ward, himself and given meds.  Don’t believe me?  Watch for yourself.  The link is there, above.  However, it did lead me to question whether above and beyond Smart’s split B.A. in psychology, if he had considered that hospital stay his accreditation in being a “psychologist”.  While I haven’t been in a psychiatric ward of any type even as a visitor for someone else, I have studied psychology myself and, as stated in another piece, I do not consider myself a psychologist because I have accreditation in some psychology education yet, apparently he does.  Again, if anyone has a credible source as to Smart’s accreditation as a psychologist, please let me know and I will reconsider at least that portion of his claims.

Several people have asked me what is wrong with him making money off of his time?  There’s nothing wrong with him doing that however, having said that, he charges an arm and a leg for it.  If you doubt me, as I’ve said in a previous piece, try this converter and see what 350 British Pounds amounts to in your part of the world with THIS CONVERTER.  In my part of the world, with today’s exchange rate, that’s over $576 for one hour.  Even a real psychologist doesn’t get paid that much and how he can expect younger people who make up the bulk of his viewers can afford that is beyond me.

Many have said, “I don’t buy anything off of him.  His Youtube videos are free.  I watch them and get so much out of them.  He makes no money off of them or me.”

I have news for those who think that Smart isn’t making money off of his videos.  Even if you aren’t buying his ridiculously priced, undefined sessions that are without description or merit, his books or his cd’s, Smart makes money off of every click that he gets onto one of his videos from Youtube.  Why do you think that he’d spend the time to put out so many of them?  Do you really believe that he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart?  How does he pay his bills?  Have you asked yourself those questions?  I’ll bet not.  Yet, you’ll spend the time to write comments on both his videos, begging him to write to you, talk to you or praising him or, you’ll write to me to blast me for what I’ve written about him.  Are you thinking for yourself as you do that?  Can you not see what he’s doing to you and others?  Give him an “A” for marketing.

Finally, if you are reading this, please note that it’s a waste of your time to write to me with raunchy defensive or defending style comments as I will NOT be reading, publishing or responding to them as I’ve posted on the bottoms of the rest of my blog pieces.

From my little corner of life, I’m too busy writing other pieces about other topics and Ralph Smart is of little consequence to me.  What does become my business are the comments that I have to trash every day that a search engine sends to this blog by people who are searching for something on him.  Just what they are searching for is only a guess but, I’d hazard one to say that people are searching for further information on him because they either love him or they are skeptical as I was.  Either way, good luck.  He’s been careful to erase his steps so that you’ll have difficulty finding them on the net.  And, by the way, as far as I have been told by a source, he lives with his sister and mother still. There’s your idol.

And, by the way, I make NO money from this blog nor, do I want to.

I do not hate Ralph Smart nor, do I want to be like him.  I am not jealous nor, in love with him. (I’m old enough to be his mother.  My daughter is older than he is.)  Most of all, I am  far from stupid, a fool, un-enlightened or anything else you can throw in my direction so, hang onto those insults for your enemies in the play-grounds or troll some other place like Twitter.  Trump does it.

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Blessings, Love & Light.

 

 

Debbie Reynolds Dies One Day After The Death of Her Daughter, Carrie Fisher…

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There’s no need to go through the list of credits for either the late actress/comedienne Carrie Fisher nor, for her mother, actress, Debbie Reynolds.  Their list of accomplishments within the entertainment world has and will be documented by many other sources.  What I wish to express is my deepest condolences to their family.

It was tragic to hear that Carrie Fisher had passed away at the age of 60 but, to hear that her mother, Debbie Reynolds, suffered a stroke while making funeral arrangements for her daughter and passed away only hours later and one day after her daughter’s passing, was both ironic as well as horribly sad news in such a rough year where many stars that we came to love and know, have also passed on both young and old.  There will be some hefty In Memoriams done during award ceremonies in early 2017 which may take up a good chunk of these shows.

While I was not truly a Carrie Fisher fan as much as I was a Debbie Reynold’s fan, I felt both of their losses and took them hard.  That’s not to say that I thought any less of the others in the entertainment business who have passed this year but, more because this appeared to be a mother-daughter bond that even death couldn’t break.

In spite of many tortured years between Fisher and Reynolds (Fisher taking blame for that estrangement by saying that she didn’t want to be Debbie Reynold’s daughter due to her famous mother’s stardom) they had found a way to patch up their differences and were finally able to be together, loving one another.

Sadly, Fisher had drug addictions over the years as well as mental health issues that were also part and party to her issues with her mom. Fisher had smoked weed from the age of 13 then, went on to Cocaine, LSD and possibly other drugs. It’s unclear as to how much she did at this time.  Years and even decades of their lives were ruined and wasted because of these issues.  Fisher, herself, admitted it openly in books she had written, stand-up comedy routines as well as interviews, including one done with Oprah Winfrey.

Reynolds had long ago openly stated that it was heart breaking to watch her daughter in such distress and not wanting her as part of Fisher’s life.  As graciously as she could, Reynolds stated that Fisher had pushed her away and there had been nothing she could do except to hurt.  It was sad for both of them as so much time in Life was wasted that could have been spent together.  The depths of mental health issues and drug addictions cannot be measured except in despair for all parties involved it seems.

What was certain was that Reynolds had been with son, Todd Fisher the morning of December 28, 2016, one day after her only daughter’s passing, distraught, overwhelmed and grieving to make funeral arrangements for Fisher when she was stricken with a stroke.  It was allegedly not the first one this year or last that Reynolds had experienced but, it was the one that would end her life only hours later.

Reynolds had stated to Todd that she just wanted to be with Carrie.  And, so it was.  Her passing only hours after her daughter, Carrie’s death, led her to what we all hope was a reunion of the mother-daughter duo.  Perhaps, there was a bond between mother and child that couldn’t be broken?  Whatever it was, son, Todd Fisher stated “she’s with Carrie”.

As family will now have to plan a double funeral for the pair now, it’s uncertain as to how it will take place or when but, suffice it to say that one can only hope that they are together and at peace, loving one another without condition right now.

From my little corner of life, as sad as it all is, I can see reason, justice, hope and a bond that couldn’t be broken by even death itself.  Prayers go out to their family left behind as they grieve both losses at once.  May they take comfort in the idea that perhaps, just perhaps, they are truly together right now.

 

Enough Already Bring Back Gilmore Girls As A Series Again

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I admit it.  I am a “Gilmore Girls-Aholic”.  I couldn’t get enough of them when they were on and now that I’ve watched the 4 season revival greedily like an addict, wanting a fix, I am left wanting even more of it again.  I’ve fallen off the proverbial wagon…or, was I ever on it to begin with?  Likely not. My internet bandwidth is telling me that Netflix has eaten through it while watching re-run episodes of the series over the past couple of years.  I even had to spring for unlimited net every month to do so.

Let me say that the 4 episodes of “A Year In The Life” was a thrill, a rush but, also quite disappointing and angering all at the same time.  That’s only sharing part of the emotions that they tugged upon as I cried, laughed and yipped with joy at seeing old characters show up on screen, even if only for a few brief moments.  What these 4 episodes didn’t do, was to “end” the series for me.  As a matter of fact, it only opened the door for me as a fan, for more.  It was like sticking a giant foot in the door and not allowing it to close.  As a matter of fact, it has opened the door wider and left me thirsting  for more.  I have questions galore now that beg to be answered through a regular revival of the show.

The best part of this feeling is that I’m not alone in my emotions and sentiments.  The net and social media have been going nuts, wanting more as well. A lot of us wished we had bought shares in tissue companies long ago and are left with an unsaturated feeling once again.  What we thought we’d accepted over 9 years ago, we have had reawakened and are left with even more questions that would open the gate to more, more and more Gilmore Girls.

I won’t get into more of the specifics as blogs, television and entertainment articles have endlessly covered the fact that these 4 episodes have left old and new fans wanting more. What I will say is a couple of things that I’m sure pretty much all die-hard fans alike are thinking.

First, we’ve got to hand it to Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for a brilliant series, set of characters as well as their coy, sharp-witted writing in these 4 episodes.  I hope that I’m right but, it’s my consensus that these 4 episodes were written to cause fans to want more. I don’t believe for a moment that ASP or DP intended this as an “ending”.  They had written the characters as unsettled within themselves, their relationships with each other, their lives and in a lot of instances, plainly strange.  The entire 4 episodes built upon strangeness of character within the cast and kept building until it felt like while familiar faces showed up, they were so far out of character that it left us all questioning a lot that was left unanswered by The Palladinos.

In brief, Rory had become a lost soul. She certainly wasn’t the intelligent, caring young woman that not only Lorelai had raised but, the Golden Girl an entire town adored.  She was actually rather secretive, lost, ill mannered, broken and following a lifestyle that we know Rory never would have followed.  The worst was the affair chose to have with Logan while knowing he was engaged, sleeping with him and not telling Lorelai.  The Rory we knew in the previous series never would have followed that along for longer than one time as a mistake.  She was far too wise and family driven to cheat for that long. (Yes, we saw her cheat with Dean once he was married one time and take the wrath of Lorelai’s disgust but, later apologized to her mother, admitting it was wrong of her to have done.) Yes, we saw Rory be led astray and into legal hot water, serving Community Service by Logan and his entitlement, rich-boy attitude and taking Lorelai’s anger and disappointment for that as well.  We could chalk that up to a teenager, being a teenager and learning lessons the hard way.  As a 32 year old woman who had been out in the world and growing up, we found it hard to see Rory not only continuing on with stupid choices with Logan but, also a “quickie” with a complete stranger, a “Wookie” while waiting in a line-up.  That wasn’t the Rory we came to expect as a “finale” for the show in these 4 episodes, let alone the fact that she is now pregnant and we can only guess as to who the father of the baby is as Lorelai is left with her mouth open, cut to credits to allegedly end the story line.

We were given quite the ride with Lorelai as well in not being herself.  The inn in question, Sookie gone, Michel wanting to leave for bigger and better, Lorelai not settled within herself in spite of knowing that she and Luke, the man she’d wanted to be with, was with her. She was still in search of self and acting uncharacteristically with that silly need for a hike down a trail from a book and movie.  She asks her mother for money to buy a new inn and looks at a place but, it’s left wide open as to whether she got it or how it would all turn out.  That’s not to mention her relationship with her mother, Emily Gilmore.  It was still rocky at best but, ice was melting between the mother-daughter pair.  What happens next?

Next was Emily Gilmore who seemed to go a little crazy after husband, Richard Gilmore’s passing where she called “bullshit” several times during her much beloved DAR meeting and left the group, moving to Nantucket after buying up a piece of property there and working as a Shock-Gore Queen Tour Guide in the local whaling museum, doing it with delight at guest’s repulsion.  What was Emily to do during winter months there? Would she stay? Would she get bored? Was that her forever home? And, what about her love life which might have just been beginning.  The Palladinos didn’t introduce a new man into the plot line for no good reason.  Even Lorelai was shocked at her mother having “a boyfriend”.

Last but, certainly not least, was Rory’s quizzical visit to Christopher, her father, to ask what he felt about Lorelai raising her on her own.  We know now why she made that visit and asked that question.  The final 4 words were both a shocker as well as the door opener for more Gilmore Girls to come.  Not only are the doors open but, now that we know that Rory is pregnant, lost, broke and has no direction, it has put fans on bended knees in wanting to know what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen, who the father is and what will become of Lorelai and Emily in all ways.  There’s far too much left open to future episodes that keep right up with the times and can rival all shows going in fan base, even surpassing it.  Gilmore Girls is a “cult”.  It’s got a grown fan base and is growing by the day, week, month and year as new fans come on board and old fans thirst for more Gilmore Girls.

About the only main character who seemed more or less settled in story line was, Luke Danes, Lorelai’s love and now, husband.  Even there, there are questions about his character left.

From my little corner of life, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have played their cards well.  This was not an ending.  This was a beginning.  Now to get the Powers That Be to recognize that fact and for Netflix or some other network to pick up the cues that have been left behind like bread crumbs like Hanzel and Gretel left behind. It’s all leading to “smash hit” again.

And, Alexis Bledel (Rory) the sole hold-out not too enthusiastic over more Gilmore Girls unless the right story line comes along, rest assured that you have enough fans that there  will be a good story line for your character to follow. Rory has not ended her stint with fans.  She’s only just begun again.

Give us your thoughts.  Do YOU want to see more Gilmore Girls again now?

 

Just One of Those Blogging Blah Days

I’m sure every blogger has them.  They’re the days when everything in your life seems like someone pulled the plug out of the bathtub of your life and everything is draining out yet…you don’t have a clue on what to write about that won’t scare off any readers, bore them to tears of have them wondering if you belong in a psychiatric ward, doped on heavy medications.

Yup…I’m having one of those days….months, really.

To make matters worse, it seems that out of everything that I’ve written, Tom Cruise and his marriages seem to be the highest read entries, making everything else seem like a total waste of time and breath.  I’m kind of wishing at this moment that my blog was purely about Tom Cruise.  Problem is, I don’t know the guy or anyone who knows him so the scoops, dishes and dirt on him are as much a mystery to me as they are to everyone who Googles “Tom Cruise” in search of everything they can find out about him.

Really, what do we need to know about Cruise that’s all that fascinating?  He’s had 3 marriages, ruined them all because of his Scientology religious affiliations (where they were using him to begin with as he was a big name that brought attention to the practises of the “church”). His first marriage to Mimi Rogers, who by the way, introduced him to Scientology as her father was part of it.  She was raised on its teachings and the marriage ended by the church’s interference.  That’s how he met Wife number 2, Nicole Kidman.  The church saw to it that Cruise’s philandering ways were heading down the path of meeting Kidman and making her, Wife Number Two. That marriage ended when Cruise’s Scientology involvement became too much for her to deal with and, likely…for other reasons as well.  He has children with his second wife, actress, Nicole Kidman that he’s inducted into the Scientology Hall of Fame and, another child with young actress, Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise…who is terribly spoiled for all intents and purposes and not indoctrinated into the church as mom, Katie, wouldn’t hear of it happening.

Did I say that he’s crazy?  Ok, well…he is. …but, I’ll let you be the judge in this video where he goes off into a rant.  If you can tell me what he’s talking about, please translate for me in the comment section.  I don’t speak Alien.  By the way, if you’re interested in a good laugh, this might be a better video to watch.  It’s a spoof of Cruise’s rant and well done.  There’s actually a few of them.

As a sidenote, rumour has it that Cruise has a “new love”.  Emily Thomas is seemingly, a Katie Holmes “look-a-like” and yes, only 22 years old.  Yes, the now, 54 year old actor seems to like them young.  Maybe, he thinks he’s Noah and going to re-populate the church on his own?  Who knows what runs through the man’s head?  Do we really want to know what runs though his head at all?  Worst of all, who knows what runs through any woman’s head who wants to be with him?  Well, besides money and fame, that is.  However, when they try getting out of the church or the church wants them out, they either have a difficult time of it or, their marriage is meddled with, along with their heads, until they’re running for the hills and keeping their mouths shut.  Mum’s the word, it seems.

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With that now off of my chest, I digress back to blogging and the effort that it takes to write something coherent and interesting.  I’m in a slump at the moment.  Really, I should stay away from the stats page where I can see the searches that people do and what they are looking for while doing them.

By the way, yes you can eat dessert and lose weight.  I know that’s another popular search many people do.  Type it into the search bar and my piece will come up.  While you’re at it though, would you take a look at some of the other of the pieces that I’ve written?  It might boost my morale for writing a tad again.  Oh yes…and let me know what you think on any of the pieces.  After all, there’s more to this life than Tom Cruise and his marriages.  At least…that’s the way that I see things from my little corner of life.

 

 

 

 

Still No Public Memorial For Prince?

Maybe, it’s a financial issue with his estate being tied up or frozen?  Maybe, the family is waiting for official cause of death details?  Maybe, it’s that they don’t know how to do it properly yet but, while Prince’s family has held their own, private service for the Late Prince, there’s been nothing publicly announced as to a public memorial service for him by his family.

It very well may be that The Public, doesn’t have the right to expect a memorial service to be held?  However, it is The Public who will be buying up more of the late singer’s music and putting money into someone’s pockets for some time to come it seems.  In the family’s eyes, that does make it fitting that Prince’s family should be thinking about a public memorial of some type or another.

Let’s face it.  Time has gone on now since Prince’s sudden death and while people are still interested in the reason for his passing at 53 years of age, without more than a speculated cause of death, there needs to be “closure” for his fans who are still buying his music.  With left behind, unpublished tracks that could include enough music for 100 years to come, it may be prudent to keep him in people’s minds, not left undone.

Prince knew what his family doesn’t seem to understand.  Give The Public what it wants and it draws in fans.  Fans buy your music.  His family seems to be dropping the ball on this simple concept by not somehow, getting help and organizing a public memorial.

In the meantime, tributes have been done on differing stages by varying artists, at varying times.  Actor, writer and director, Spike Lee has done at least one memorial for Prince and may plan another.  His ex-wives have also had a crack at doing one and not inviting his family.  Those who were closest to him may have not had a chance at these memorials yet but, most of all, the people who put their money on the table and into the late musician’s estate by buying his music, are being left out in the cold.

As more time passes, record sales will slow down.  Prince’s memory will be simply ones that people remember upon hearing his music or by watching a video of him performing.  More and more of The Public, will move on with their lives and find other artists to follow with eagerness instead.

It seems time that Prince’s family follows through with their promise to hold a public memorial service for him or, risk losing the public’s interest as time goes by.  That, in and of itself, could mean lower income to the estate and the family.  At least, that’s the way that I’m seeing things from my little corner of life.

Prince’s Body Found By Addiction Specialist’s Son

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                                             Dr. Howard Kornfeld and son, Andrew Kornfeld

It’s now making total sense as to what the Late singer, musician and song-writer, Prince meant when he said, “don’t waste your prayers, wait a few days”.   It’s now been reported that Prince was to meet with Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California addictions specialist.  It’s being reported that Prince’s representatives had called for “emergency help” on April 20th, the day before Prince was found dead.

Kornfeld was said to be unable to make the first meeting and sent his son, Andrew Kornfield who was also a practitioner in the addiction practise instead as an emergency measure and, had also called a local doctor who allegedly cleared his morning to help stabilize Prince before he could be transported to Calfornia for treatment for substance abuse. It was Andrew Kornfeld who had placed the 911 call upon finding Prince dead in the elevator.  That would explain why the 911 caller on tape, didn’t know the proper address.

William Mauzy, who is acting as the Kornfeld family’s attorney, told a newspaper that Howard Korfeld had been called on the evening of the 20th of April because Prince “was dealing with a grave medical emergency.”

Kornfield’s son, Andrew Kornfeld, got to Paisley Park at about 9:30 a.m. on the 21st of April and one can put together puzzle pieces to say that he was let in by staff who, upon his arrival, went searching for the late singer in the large estate.  Kornfeld joined the 3 staff members in the search where they found his lifeless body in the elevator.

It’s said that Andrew Kornfeld, had been given a small amount of buprenorphine to take with him, a drug that is said to be used in the Kornfeld clinic to help with pain but, not be addictive as well as having less chance of over dosing.  Kornfeld, of course, never had to give Prince any of it as he was already dead upon his arrival.  Investigators have that unused medication in their possession now.

One can only imagine that people closest to him and perhaps, his “friend” who drove him to the pharmacy that evening, had become extremely worried when they allegedly called Kornfeld on the evening of April 20th (the night before Prince was found dead) saying that Prince had “a grave medical emergency”.  We know that it had to do with medication addictions because they wouldn’t have called Kornfield for any other type of medical condition.

If this is correct information, that sheds much more light on the likely possibility that Prince’s addiction to pain meds was the true cause of his death and he likely did overdose or, at the least, mixed medications with a deadly reaction.  One way or the other, it was medication/drugs that Prince put into his own body.

 

Was The Purple Prince’s Death Caused By A Pain Killer Medication?

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The rumour mills on the cause of Musician, Prince’s untimely and sudden death are running rampant as we all knew that they would.  Everything from the flu to The Illuminati have been blamed thus far in tabloids, newspapers and even mainstream as well as underground media, blogs and water cooler conversations.  All of us are Armchair Investigators and we all believe that we have some sort of idea as to the cause of the icon’s unexpected and sad death.  

As I am writing this piece, the infamous vault in which Prince had reportedly stored over 2,000 taped tracks has been drilled open via orders from Bremer Trust after a Minnesota judge had appointed them as trustee for the late musician’s estate at the request of Prince’s only full sibling, Tyka Nelson an alleged “former” drug addict, herself.  

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To date, no one has come forward to petition the courts for probate and, unlike Michael Jackson whose lawyer came forward to file his Will when Jackson’s mother had tried to become the estate’s executor some 6 days after Jackson’s death, there has been no such move by any lawyer on Prince’s behalf thus far.  Prince’s entire estate is now in the hands of the courts who will attempt to identify Prince’s 1 full sister and 5 half siblings where under Testate Law, the remaining estate, after governmental death taxes as well as final debts have been paid.  It’s estimated that his estate is worth between $300-$500 million and growing as his record sales grow posthumously.  

Also announced has been the fact that Prince’s death is now a Criminal Investigation.  It’s alleged that Prince’s body was found with opiate prescription medication on or around his body as well as more having been found in his Paisley Park compound estate.  Rumour has it that legal authorities have been unable to track down the source of the prescriber of these meds and may not have been legally prescribed.  Allegedly, one pharmacy that Prince reportedly had visited at least 4 times in the few days before his death has been given a search warrant to find records possibly pertaining to prescriptions for these meds.

Also alleged by even Prince’s closest staff and family members, Prince had a dependency on Percocet, a prescription pain killer that one can only assume was prescribed for hip pain originally.  Other rumours entail the idea Prince had also used Cocaine and hadn’t slept for 150 plus hours prior to his death.  That rumour allegedly came from his brother-in-law, sister Tyka Nelson’s husband but it’s unclear whether there was any truth to that or not.  

What is known is that Prince had been un-responsive while on a plane trip home from 2 make-up concerts in Atlanta, one week prior to his death.  Someone aboard that plane, called ahead to say that they were landing and bringing in an “un-responsive male”.  That male turned out to be Prince.  It’s alleged that the hospital which treated him in Moline, Illinois had given him what was rumoured to be “the life saving shot” of Narcan, an antidote to an opiate or narcotic med over dose.  Prince left that hospital and returned home within hours after being seen by doctors.  He or someone taking responsibility for him at the time, had refused the hospital’s alleged recommendation that he remain for 24 Hrs. observation when it was learned that no private rooms were available.  One could question this but, it makes some sense as Narcan (Naxolone) is known to block and reverse the effects of an opiate based or narcotic medication within moments and allow the patient to return to consciousness.  From research on the subject, it appears that it’s rather standard/common protocol with this type of shot for the over dosed patient to be monitored for at least that many hours after a dose of Narcan so, it’s a believable and conceivable possibility.

However, there are many questions that remain wide open for speculation at this point in time.  One such question that runs rampant with the imagination is the question of “why now?”  By that, it’s referring to the idea that if Prince had indeed had an addiction to prescription opiate/narcotic pain meds for many years, what drove the man to this extent of usage at this particular point in time and especially, to the point of over-dosing on it now?  

It’s been said incessantly that Prince had hip problems and pain from many years of wearing high heels and jumping off of places on stage during his performances, doing damage to both hips that would have required surgical intervention.  Some have reported that he did have the surgeries in 2010 while others report that he had refused them due to his Jehovah’s Witness beliefs against possibly needed blood transfusions.  There are media pieces that focus on the idea that it was the surgery and recovery with pain meds that got him “hooked”.  Others state that it was his non-conformance with having the surgery that caused his pain and dependency then, addictions to them.  Who is right and who is wrong about the reasons and, was he truly addicted to pain meds or is this all just a rumour as well, created or sensationalized to sell media? 

Another factor in this ongoing mystery, seems to be the idea that Prince had allegedly assumed many different identities, “doctor and pharmacy hopping” to fill several different scripts for the pain meds with no records of any real prescriptions or prescribers for them.  I’d have to ask the question of why would someone so wealthy, famous and influential, have the need to do either of those things when medications like that are simply a phone call away for him and money was no object?  Secondly, how many doctors and pharmacists wouldn’t have known it was Prince no matter how well disguised so, why run the risk?  Why not a staffer or other paid duty person?  Thirdly, why was he running his own errands to drop off and pick up prescription meds when he had staff and Go-Fors at his beckon call?  Something is not adding up with this scenario by a long shot.  There are far too many holes and more questions un-answered than answered by this theory but, anything is possible I suppose. 

Some have postulated that Prince knew he was dying and thus, his statement at the Atlanta concert of holding off and not wasting prayers on him for a few more days as a proclamation of him knowing about his upcoming death or there having been some sort of premonition that a known-only-to-him, health issue that would end his life.  However, were that to be the case, one would also have to ask why Prince would have remained alone in that rambling estate, by himself when he was able to be surrounded by friends, staffers and family?  It’s highly unlikely in my mind that Prince “knew”, intended or even had a premonition of his own upcoming demise.  Add to that, the idea that a man, so meticulous in details would have foregone having a Will done, even in his pre-death days and you’ve got an incredulous situation that I can personally, discount as being a viable theory.

There was no cell phone or phone (even cordless) found near or around Prince’s body in the elevator in his Paisley mansion.  That, to me, doesn’t seem to indicate that Prince felt that he was under any threat of a pre-existing health issue.

The last time anyone saw Prince alive was at 8 p.m. on the Wednesday evening prior to staff coming to find him dead in the elevator on Thursday morning.  That was the point at which Prince had been driven to his pharmacy, picked up a prescription and was dropped off by a friend.  First of all, had he not been feeling well or in any danger at that point in time, it would be highly suspect if that friend had have simply dropped him off and not checked in with him again afterwards at the least.  Was there such an attempt by the friend?  Was he simply refused and his calls gone un-taken?  Why did he not notify authorities if he felt Prince didn’t look well enough to be alone in such a large estate and under those types of conditions?  And, if this friend did notice Prince feeling un-well and did try to get in touch with him later on in the evening and got no response, it would have been even more reason to have had someone go to check on him, even if it were a staff member.  It’s my personal conclusion that Prince appeared to be well enough when dropped off to be on his own.  

Now comes the question of whether Prince had swallowed some of the pharmacy contents prior to getting onto that elevator and it caused his demise?  Whether a bad mixture of meds both prescription and OTC meds or an overdose, it’s hard to fathom that Prince foresaw any sort of danger to himself.  The lack of phone capability to call for help, seems to indicate that Prince was either too doped up to think of taking a phone with him or was trying to get to a stash of possibly, Narcan kept in his private residence but, didn’t make it on time before collapsing in the elevator.  Narcan can be bought over the counter in both Illinois and Minnesota at several chain pharmacies so, it’s possible that he kept a kit on hand.  What doesn’t make sense is that he’d have taken a lot of the medication and be without a phone nearby.  Like all addicts (if that was the case), Prince knew how much to take but may have pushed the boundaries that night or perhaps, mixed a bad combo of both OTC and prescription meds accidentally.  

Sadly, it’s likely that Prince had died at some point later that evening or into the early morning hours of Thursday, long before staffers had arrived to find him dead.  The 911 call an unknown male made from the musician’s body seemed to not know the address of the Paisley Park estate.  That makes it even more curious as to why a staffer wouldn’t have known the address and had to ask others who were allegedly there at the time as well.  Did everyone show up at once?  If so, why did none of them, appear to know the address?  The male caller had to look at mail to get an address from to give to the 911 operator or something along those lines.  He and whomever else was there, did not know the address. One person not knowing the address, ok.  More than one not knowing, is less than believable as staff members.  So, who was that caller?  Who was that un-identified male?  How did they get in and if another staff person had let him in, why hadn’t they found him and called for help or, have known the address?  

One thing was for certain.  The transcripts of that 911 call to notify authorities, proved that the caller was absolutely certain that Prince was dead and identified him as Prince.  To me, that says that Prince had been dead for quite some time before anyone found his body as there were indisputable signs that he was dead and had been for awhile if a lay-person could easily say that he was dead for certain and “people are freaking out”.  

I should make it known that while I liked a few of Prince’s songs, I am not nor was I, a “Prince Fan”.  I was as shocked as anyone else in learning of his sudden and inexplicable death at that age.  Most people know who Prince was no matter what genre of music one listens to on a regular basis.  So, why am I writing about his death and delving more deeply into it than I should be, given that he really wasn’t a big or even significant part of my life nor, my enjoyment of music?  

From my little corner of life, I didn’t believe the initial reports of such an active, lively, healthy and young-ish man could die like that from “the flu”.  Is it possible?  Of course.  We are warned about it daily and every early Fall when the flu shots are being brought in.  We are told to get our shots and many of us ignore them but, the reality is, I wasn’t buying the entire flu death idea.  I still don’t buy into it and continue to question his real cause of death.  However, I’m not naive enough to believe that the reality behind his cause of death may never be revealed to the public and we may get a neatly wrapped and sugar coated version in explanation when the entire report becomes available in weeks to come.  This is one case in which I will likely always question the reality behind it as well as the media accounts.  I’m sure I won’t be alone in that questioning either.

One thing is for sure…we’ll likely still be hearing from Prince through his music and newly released albums for decades to come.  There’s said to be enough recorded tracks in that vault to release an album a year for the next 100 years. Thank you Prince even though you have stated that it likely wouldn’t be you who released it to the public.