Report: Prince was treated at hospital for flu, is back home now


TMZ.com reports that Minnesota music great Prince was hospitalized early Friday morning after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois.

He had just performed Thursday evening in Atlanta on his Piano & a Microphone tour. The show was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed after he came down with the flu, according to AJC.com.

The paper's review of the show noted that remnants of the flu were detectable in his speaking voice, but "when Prince sang, he sounded sublime."

Paste's review of Thursday night's show notes, "he got up periodically throughout the set, at one point leaving briefly to regroup before returning and explaining that 'Sometimes I forget how emotional these songs are.'"

A rep for Prince tells TMZ that after his Thursday performance in Atlanta, he boarded the plane and "felt considerably worse," which prompted the unscheduled landing at Quad City International Airport not long after 1 a.m.

After hospitalization in Moline, Illinois, "he was released 3 hours later, got back on the plane and is now back home," the rep says.

Not long after news of his hospitalization broke, this tweet appeared on Prince's Twitter page:


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