The singer, who was in a relationship with Prince when he died in April 2016, told investigators the star was “depressed” in the days before his death and told her his soul left his body during the overdose.
Judith Hill told the Carver County Sheriff’s Office that Prince had become extremely low on the night of what was supposed to be his last concert in Atlanta on April 16.
During his last performance, photographer Evan Carter captured the singer thrusting his microphone stand into the air in front of a huge crowd.
“He didn’t feel really good until he did his first show and he did an amazing, unbelievable show, and then he went back to his dressing room and you know, I went into the dressing room and I was like, ‘Hey, amazing show,'” Hill said in her interview.
“He was only in the real, I never saw him, he was just a little sir. “I enjoy sleeping more these days,” you know, “maybe it means I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do here on Earth,” stuff like that. And I was kind of like… “so you don’t like being here when you’re awake?” He says, “No, it’s boring, incredibly boring.”
Hill then added, “He was kind of depressed.”
The singer also referred to his last show as a “mountain show” and told Hill, “I can go now.”
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Happier days: Prince’s girlfriend at the time of his death, Judith Hill, told investigators the singer had been “depressed” in recent days (Hill and Prince above in 2015)
Save a life: On April 16, Hill was with Prince when he suffered a near-fatal overdose during a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis (Prince above on tarmac in Illinois after emergency landing)
Prince is seen in front of a huge crowd at his last concert in Atlanta
She said the singer’s spirits improved when he was visited by musicians Janelle Monae and CeeLo Green, who spent time with Prince and Hill backstage before the two headed back to Minneapolis with Prince’s assistant Kirk Johnson.
I thought he was dead. It’s just lame. We shake it and nothing.
-Judith Hill on the moments after an overdose
Prince was still in good spirits on the way to the plane, talking about his love for Fleetwood Mac and his excitement to see them in concert, Hill said, but things took a bizarre turn after they boarded their private jet.
“He asked me if I needed cough drops … and he goes to the back of the plane and fiddles with the bag, he fiddles for a while and then he comes back and gives me a cough drop,” Hill said.
“And he goes back to the bag and he plays with the bag again for a while, and finally he comes back and talks about how he wants me to stay at Paisley Park with him for another day so we can watch movies, just talk for a while.” ‘
All of this was happening just moments before Prince’s overdose, Hill said.
“And then he said, ‘We’ll see, maybe I need to sleep, you know, get some rest,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, whatever you have to do,’ and that’s when it happened,” Hill said.
“The lady brought the food and he had a few bites and then he just looked down and it looked like we were both kind of getting ready for bed and his eyes were fixed.
She continued: ‘So he nods and then I hear some water spilling and I look under the table and he’s still got a bottle of water in his hand and it’s running… I went straight to Kirk and I woke Kirk up and he said, “Hey Kirk, I don’t know . I don’t know.”
Explaining what happened to his body, he said: ‘I’m gone. My soul is gone. I heard you, I heard everyone talking, and I kept saying, “How do I get back into my body,” and that was the hardest thing.
Johnson quickly spoke to the pilots and they decided to land the plane despite being only an hour from the target, with Hill saying there was no clear sign of a heartbeat and he was not breathing.
“I thought he was dead,” Hill said.
“He’s just limping. We shake him and nothing.”
When they landed at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, emergency vehicles were waiting, but it was Johnson who carried the singer off the plane.
Paramedics said he was breathing four times a minute when he was taken off the plane, so they administered 2 milligrams of the opioid antidote naloxone, also known as NarCan.
That’s double the amount used to revive an “accidental” drug user, but it didn’t work in Prince’s case, forcing them to administer another dose of 2 milligrams.
“His body started convulsing quickly and it looked like it was going to go away, we have to hit him again,” Hill said.
“And then we get there and they pull him out and he’s looking around and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, thank goodness he’s alive… I really thought he was dead.’
Piano man: He previously played two shows in Atlanta and said after the gig that he found life ‘unbelievably boring’ before telling Hill: ‘Now I can go away’
Waving: Prince was revived with NarCan, which requires nearly four times the amount a casual user would require according to EMT (Prince in Atlanta at his last concert)
Fun Night: He later tells Hill that his soul left his body and he was hovering over everyone during the overdose, but he got angry and got NarCan.
Once at Trinity Medical Center, the singer refused to tell the nurses or doctors much or reveal what he had consumed earlier that night.
He also refused blood tests or to stay for further observation.
Prince recounted his experience to Hill.
“Explaining what happened to his body, he said, “I’m gone. My soul is gone. I heard you, I heard everybody talking, and I kept saying, ‘how do I get back into my body’ was the hardest thing,” Hill recalled.
“I said no more pills and he said, ‘That means I can’t play because my hands hurt.’
Hill made sure to tell the officers what a shock it was to hear the statement.
“That’s the first time I’ve heard that … it’s like, ‘I think it’s because I mixed the two, I’m not going to do it again. I know my body well, I’m a pretty good judge,'” Hill said.
Hill, 33, previously worked with Michael Jackson and appeared on The Voice
He also spoke out against NarCan, stating, “This tornado that I experienced only happened when they gave me this shot. I would have woken up.’
Hill said she was more concerned because he began to ‘rationalize’ the overdose and made sure to tell her team about her concerns before she flew home that evening.
Upon request, Prince also tweeted about how amazing the show was.
It would be the last time she saw him alive.
‘I just kept saying [his manager] Phaedra [Ellis-Lamkins] make sure he goes to the doctor,” Hill said.
“His last words to me were, ‘It seems to me that your stay here was too short,’ that’s what he said to me.”
She then admits that she’s not sure if the prince wanted to die and is torn 50/50.
Hill also told investigators: ‘Tyka [Prince’s sister] she said she knew she was dying, I think two years ago.’
She said she ultimately feels like Prince was trying to kick drugs and that it breaks her heart.
The two had been dating for nearly two years at the time, spending a few weeks together at Paisley Park and then a few weeks apart when Hill returned to Los Angeles.