Aretha Franklin is heartbroken over the passing of Prince and expressed her pain on Thursday evening during an interview with MSNBC.
“It’s really surreal,” Franklin told host Brian Williams. “It’s just kind of unbelievable. I was coming out of my hotel and my doorman stopped me and asked me if I had heard about Prince and it just blew me away. Unbelievable.”
She continued, “He was such an original, he was definitely an original. A one-of-a-kind. There truly was only one Prince.”
The singer then questioned if the 57-year-old, who was found unresponsive inside his elevator at Paisley Park Studios on Thursday, died from the Zika virus. “They’re saying flu-like symptoms. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with this Zika virus.”
Zika is a mosquito born disease and according to new studies, can also be transmitted from man to his sex partners. The symptoms of a Zika infection include mild headaches, rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis and joint pains.
In April 2015, an outbreak began in Brazil and has spread to other parts of South and North America. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization suggested that the virus was likely to spread throughout most of the Americas by the end of the year.
Seven days ago, Prince’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing after the singer developed “flu like symptoms.” Prince was taken to a hospital, however, there are new reports that the singer was being treated for a possible drug overdose.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.