Just days before his death on Thursday – and immediately following an emergency trip to the hospital – the seven-time Grammy winner threw an unforgettable party at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, last Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.
Inviting one and all to the event, Prince hosted his final party for only a $10 cover charge, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Two hours into the party – which featured DJ Pam the Funkstress – Prince showed up, playing around on a new, purple Yamaha piano and speaking to attendees, reported the Tribune.
The singer performed what would be his final concert in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, April 14, before taking ill during a flight the next day. His private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois, where he was treated and released three hours later. He had been battling the flu for several weeks.
During the Saturday soiree, Prince addressed his health, telling partygoers, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."
Appearing only for five minutes, according to the Tribune, Prince played a recording of his Atlanta show over the venue's sound system for the approximately 200 attendees.
Afterwards, he tweeted the event flyer, with the message, "2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT."
2 GIVE THANX 4 THE GOOD WEATHER AND 4 ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT... pic.twitter.com/PEcHzLnYvc— Prince (@prince) April 16, 2016
"THANX EVERYBODY 4 UR EXTRA TIME & Ur..." he added, later.
THANX EVERYBODY 4 UR EXTRA TIME & UR...— Prince (@prince) April 17, 2016
Prince's lyrics never seemed more poignant: "Life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last."