JUDITH HILL TELLS ALL ABOUT PRINCE’S DEATH

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Ex­actly two months after Prince’s death, his pro­tégé Judith Hill re­vealed stun­ning new de­tails about the 57-year-old’s fi­nal days. Though she claimed to have no knowl­edge of his painkiller ad­dic­tion, the Grammy-win­ning singer and 2013 con­tes­tant on The Voice re­called that she was sit­ting across from Prince when he sud­denly fell un­con­scious on an April 15 flight from At­lanta to Min­nesota. “His eyes fixed. … Thank­fully, I hap­pened to be looking into his face,” says Judith, 32, one of just two other pas­sen­gers on the jet dur­ing the now-in­fa­mous flight, which was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing in Mo­line, Ill., so Prince could re­ceive a “save shot” that kept him alive after a drug over­dose. “[I was] very freaked out,” Judith told The New York Times on June 21, adding that she kept try­ing to wake Prince as the plane de­scended. “We knew it was only a mat­ter of time; we had to get down.” Six days later, Prince was dead from an over­dose of the opi­oid painkiller fen­tanyl. While Judith’s ac­count is riv­et­ing, a source who was close to Prince tells In Touch that some pals are livid. “Not only do some in Prince’s in­ner cir­cle be­lieve Judith was us­ing him to ad­vance her ca­reer, but she wasn’t fac­tual in the in­ter­view,” says an in­sider. “Prince’s long­time as­sis­tant Kirk John­son says he, not Judith, dis­cov­ered Prince un­con­scious. Ev­ery­one is fu­ri­ous that she is speak­ing out about what hap­pened dur­ing the emer­gency.” While a sec­ond source claims Judith fudged the truth sev­eral times in the in­ter­view, the source in­sists it may have been to pro­tect Prince. “She played dumb when asked about his ad­dic­tion,” says the source. “I think she said what she said in or­der to hide the darker as­pects of Prince’s life — out of loy­alty.” At her per­for­mance in NYC on June 22 — a day after the Times story was pub­lished — Judith teared up when asked about The Pur­ple One. “We had a re­ally spe­cial re­la­tion­ship,” Judith says. “Prince will al­ways live on in my heart and in the mu­sic.”

“There was a very in­tense re­la­tion­ship,” Judith said when asked if she was ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with Prince. “I deeply cared for him.”

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