The Reason Steven Tyler Took Prince’s Death Personal
Substance addiction is, unfortunately, one of the most common struggles among many musicians. While the music industry lost countless artists to drugs over the years including Jimi Hendrix, there are also numerous musicians who dodged the bullet and decided to stay sober such as Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx.
One of these rockers is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. After spending a fortune on drugs, Tyler decided to live a clean and healthy lifestyle for the past decade. However, things could’ve easily gone wrong in his addiction journey just like it happened with Prince.
In fact, the Aerosmith singer himself once opened up about the impact of Prince’s death on him in relation to his own battles with painkiller addiction. Let’s see how Tyler expressed his emotions quite arguably with the choice of unexpected words together.
Prince Died Due To An Overdose
On April 21, 2016, a 911 call requesting an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home at Paisley Park was received. It was initially known that an unidentified person at the home was unconscious later said to be dead. Eventually, it was understood that the person was no other than Prince himself.
Emergency responders found Prince unresponsive in an elevator and performed CPR to revive the musician. Unfortunately, a paramedic revealed that the rocker was already dead for more than six hours which is why it was impossible to bring him back.
Eventually, the musician was pronounced dead 9 minutes after their arrival, at the age of 51. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office gave a press release regarding Prince’s cause of death on June 2 and stated that the musician had died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
Steven Tyler Reflected On Prince’s Death
Steven Tyler also suffered from opioid addiction in his past, even relapsed after being sober for 12 years due to painkiller addiction following foot surgery. While he maintained to become sober once again, the musician reflected on Prince’s death that had a close connection to his heart.
During multiple interviews, Steven Tyler stated that he know what addiction means and how it got somebody into rehab multiple times since he’s a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. These are the reasons why losing Prince as a musician was hard, but losing him as another person who struggled with addictions was harder.
In fact, during an interview with Dujour not long after Prince’s death, Tyler stated that the musician passed away so that he could live another day to learn from his past mistakes. Tyler may be sober and alive now, but that doesn’t mean recovery is a definite and short journey.
According to Dujour, Tyler said:
“I think Prince died so I could live. I think we both have the same disease. Today I’m sober and alive. Will I be dead tomorrow? I don’t know.”
Apparently, the death of Price touched a special place in Steven’s heart where he saw the real consequences of addiction. As a result, he faced the truth he may be avoiding for a very long time, that addiction recovery is a long process, and he can learn from other people’s struggles as well.