Gretchen Richardson, 27, and Cory Amundson, 29, said the Purple Rain star “seemed fine” when they attended a party at Paisley Park on Saturday. The event came just a day after the artist was rushed to hospital after his private jet made an emergency landing in Molina, Illinois. Mr Amundson told the Press Association: “It’s really strange. We were just here on Saturday, that’s why this is super shocking.
“It was originally supposed to be a dance party. Prince was kind of known for his parties. He would have slumber parties where he would encourage people to dress in pyjamas. He was a funny guy like that.
“This was a dance party. He announced this one 10 hours before it started. We didn’t expect him to make an appearance because he was just in the hospital the day before. He said, ‘It’s been a crazy couple of days. Save your prayers, I’m fine’.
“He didn’t perform. He had a big cover over his piano. He just wanted to say thank you for being there, thank you for your prayers. It was more a way of him saying, ‘I’m OK and thank you’. Everybody was super concerned. He seemed fine. He seemed happy.”
Ms Richardson said Prince was wearing make-up for the party but appeared to look healthy. It was just a short appearance,” she told the Press Association.
“He just said, ‘Save your prayers for a couple of days. I’m OK. I’m here, thank you. I appreciate it’. I mean, he had make up on so who knows. But he appeared, from what we could see, from a couple of feet away, fine.”
Emergency crews remained at Prince’s estate, Chanhassen, near Minneapolis, more than 12 hours after he was pronounced dead at the scene. Floral tributes, candles, and a painting of the singer were left outside as fans arrived to pay their respects.
Thousands of Prince fans gathered at the club in Minneapolis where he filmed Purple Rain as the venue hosted an all-night dance party in his honour.
Roads were closed off near First Avenue as a large crowd waited to gain entry to the free event. Two more all-night dance parties are planned at the venue over the weekend. On its Facebook page, First Avenue said: “Our hearts are broken. Prince was the Patron Saint of First Avenue. He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city. It is difficult to put into words the impact his death will have on the entire music community, and the world. “As the tragic news sinks in, our thoughts are with Prince’s family, friends, and fans. We deeply mourn the loss of our friend, a true star.”