Prince Protégé Recalls the Emergency Landing Prior to His Death

Judith Hill, Prince’s protégé, spoke to The New York Times about the moment that he fell unconscious six days before his passing.

In an interview published on Tuesday (June 21, 2016), the singer-on-the-rise explained that she was one of four people, including Prince, aboard the flight that made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill. Hill was having dinner with the “Purple Rain” artist when he suddenly lost consciousness.

“His eyes fixed,” she told the Times. Hill sprung to alert the pilot, who called air traffic controllers in Chicago to report an unresponsive passenger aboard.

“We knew it was only a matter of time; we had to get down,” said Hill. “We didn’t have anything on the plane to help him.”

The plane landed five minutes later, where Prince was revived with a shot of Narcan on the tarmac. Hill accompanied him to Trinity Moline Hospital. He was “awake and talking” by the time they arrived, “which was such a relief to me,” said Hill, “because I thought he was gone.”

Hill did not divulge details of his hospitalization, saying only that it was the first time that she ever saw him in distress.

“He wasn’t dreary or drowsy, or anything,” said Prince’s mentee. “He was very cooperative that whole night … serious about getting help.”

When asked if their connection was romantic, Hill expressed, “There was a very intense relationship. I deeply cared for him.”

“He told me that he loved me and that he would always be there for me.”

Prince was found dead at the age of 57 in his Paisley Park compound on Apr. 21, 2016.

Read the story in its entirety over on The New York Times.