Judith Hill Talks Prince’s Emergency Plane Landing

Rachel Sonis | June 22, 2016 10:51 am

Six days before he died of an opioid overdose, Prince lost consciousness on a flight from Atlanta to Paisley Park and had to make an emergency landing. The only other passengers on the plane with the funk legend were his friend and aide Kirk Johnson and his protégée Judith Hill. Now, Hill has opened up about the frighting experience in a recent interview with the New York Times.

“His eyes fixed,” Hill recalled, as she witnessed the Purple One fall unconscious. “We knew it was only a matter of time; we had to get down. We didn’t have anything on the plane to help him.”

She also revealed what Prince said to her when he was on his hospital bed. “It’s only by God’s grace that I’m even here,” he told her. “I had to fight for my life. I remember hearing your voices from afar and saying to myself, ‘Follow the voices, follow the voices, get back in your body, you gotta to do this.’”

Hill continued, “He said it was the hardest thing he’d ever done, to get back into his body like that.”

Read the full NYT interview here.

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