The Passing of Prince and the Court of Public Speculation

For most of the day various news media outlets along with social media networks have been putting out slightly different versions of how Prince died and/or what caused his death. Prince- the hits -(just face)Some of the reports from those sources may have some truth but we can’t know for sure, at least not this soon (or as I write this article). There are reports saying Prince had been ill with the flu for several days. Some reports gave reference to a time when Prince admitted to having suffered with bouts of depression, while others are saying that because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, his religious beliefs kept him from getting or accepting medical treatment when it was needed. I saw one post today from someone who thinks Prince may have had a bout of depression that was so serious that he contemplated committing suicide. The person based his assumption on a news story that told of Prince inviting a bunch of people to his house recently. The person said that party was for Prince to say “farewell”, for unbeknownst to his houseguests, he had already planned on checking out from this life.
*sigh* I can’t with people on social media and their ignorant and still-unproven assumptions. Will everyone just shut the fuck up already?

CHECK IT: I think we should not speculate on what we heard, may have heard, are currently hearing, reading, have been told by someone or what we might assume happen (based on the word of someone else), concerning how Prince passed…that is, until a final and official coroner’s report is released and made public. That finding often takes a day or two, sometimes longer. As of this post, no final report has been issued regarding how Prince died. I don’t care what the news media is reporting. I recall similar speculations made and so-called “factual reports” issued years ago when Michael Jackson died. We all learned later what really happened to Michael, didn’t we?

Prince-concert-1I suggest we give it a few days or so and see what the official report is on how Prince died and what, if anything, caused his death. Until then, we need to take everything we read and/or hear this soon after his death with a grain of caution. Everyone – including Prince’s family, close friends and staff are most likely still in a state of shock. I know I am… and I never knew the man on any personal level! We must consider that there are people with certain self-interests who are eager and willing to publish or announce anything to the public simply to get attention and/or perhaps become “the source” of information…information which could be very wrong.

As I do concerning many things read or seen on television, the radio and most especially on the Internet and in social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, I warn against blindly accepting certain news, tabloid reports, rumors and hearsay, and against passing along that which has not yet been shown or proven as fact.

–RobFather X
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