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Jehovah’s Witness Church Release Statement over Prince’s Death, Says He ’Found Fulfilment Sharing His Faith with Others’

The Jehovah’s Witness Church has released a statement following the untimely death of Prince, who officially converted to the religion in 2003.

Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Born June 7, 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and vocal range.

"We are saddened to hear about the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2003," the church said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

The church said that Prince "found fulfillment as a Witness and in sharing his faith with others."

The statement added: "We do not have any details regarding his medical condition or the cause of his death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, particularly his fellow worshipers in the Saint Louis Park congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minnesota. We hope that all find comfort in the Bible’s promise of a future time when death, pain, and tears will be no more.—Revelation 21:3, 4."

Behind Prince’s Paisley Park home on Audubon Road, the Jehovah’s Witness Church was seen with the lights off in the days after his death. Orange cones had been set up to prevent people from entering the building driveway.

Looking Back on EW’s Final Interview with Prince in His Home.

Before being honored with the Vanguard Award at the NAACP Image Awards, Prince took to the stage for an unforgettable performance.

Prince’s conversion to the Jehovah’s Witness religion actually started, in a roundabout way, with Graham Central Station, the funk group started by Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham after his tenure in that band.

News of Prince’s conversion circulated in 2001 apparently based off an interview Prince gave to Gotham magazine, but people seemed to have a hard time believing the man who wrote songs like "Jack U Off" and "Sexy MF" was now a devout Jehovah’s Witness until October of 2003.

On Oct. 5, 2003, a couple in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, opened their door at 2 p.m. to find Prince standing on their doorstep, Bible in hand. Needless to say, they were shocked. Compounding their surprise: They were Jewish, it was Yom Kippur and the Vikings were playing.
Prince. RIP.
"My first thought is, ’Cool, cool, cool. He wants to use my house for a set,’" the woman, identified only as Rochelle, recalled to the paper. "Then they [Prince was accompanied by Graham on this particular outing] start in on this Jehovah’s Witnesses stuff."

"They stayed for about 25 minutes," Rochelle continued. "Left us a pamphlet."

By Robert Muriisa.

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