Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently

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Prince performs at Mohegan Sun Arena on December 29, 2013 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)

MINNEAPOLIS — Prince’s personal chef says the star was battling waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs in his final months.

Ray Roberts, who cooked for Prince for almost three years, tells The Associated Press the musician had recently been asking for items like smoothies and freshly squeezed juices that were easier to digest. He says he felt Prince “wasn’t himself” in the months before he was found dead on April 21.

A law enforcement official told the AP investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose. The official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Roberts says Prince showed no signs of weakness and “not even a hint” that he was taking drugs.