See update at bottom.
I learned yesterday that the artist known as Prince died intestate, or without a will. My immediate reaction was “Yeah, right.” After giving the matter some thought, my second reaction was similar to the first, or “Yeah, right.” Pretending not to have a will, like quick cremation without public viewing, is a sign of fake death, common in the music business.
Pretending not to have a will solves the problem of having to probate a will for a person who is still alive. John Denver*, for example, is also said to have died without a will. This is so unlikely as to be absurd. These men, supposedly wealthy beyond reason, are surrounded by attorneys and business advisors, protected from lawsuits and up to their eyeballs in sound advice. They have wills and trusts.
In the music business, fake death is a way of reinvigorating a stale enterprise. It is not done for the sake of the artist, but rather for those who created the artist. People like Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Denver, Buddy Holly**, Elvis, Jim Croce, Michael Jackson***, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon make far more money dead than alive. Their lives and lifestyles and supposed fortunes are all an illusion anyway. They are not in charge, and probably don’t even own their music. When their fake number is up, they have to do as told.
Rumors now being spread about Prince’s addictions are probably as fake as his death. Celebrity overdoses should always be greeted with skepticism.
It seems that in show business people are offered a back door exit, and are allowed to escape to a quiet life by means of fake death. Some fake deaths may be the artist’s choice. Fame is not for everyone. People want to live quietly and without harassment by fans. Signs that someone has gone the fake route include no autopsy, no public viewing of the body, quick cremation, no will, and premature news reports of the death (as with Robin Williams).
*Denver has a daughter who runs a B&B in New Zealand. If I were going to go looking for him, which would not be nice, I would look in that area.
**I was looking at photos of the Buddy Holly death recently, and they appear crudely faked, 1959 photo technology and all. I want to spend more time with them on a bigger screen, as the iPad is not ideal for viewing photos in detail.
***Jackson had been replaced by a body double years before his fake death, so I guess his could be called a fake death of a fake person.
Update: I signed up for press releases from the Anoka County Coroner’s Office, and received the first one today. I imagine they are under intense scrutiny from skeptical people everywhere. It will be interesting. Today’s news is no news.
Posted on: May 5, 2016
PRINCE ROGERS NELSON INVESTIGATION 5-5-16 1415 CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2016
Contact: Martha Weaver
Ramsey, MN: Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has not released any information regarding the Prince Rogers Nelson investigation to anyone, including law enforcement. Results are pending. This is an ongoing investigation in partnership with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. We will have no further comment at this time.