L.A. Reid: Prince's Death Is "Very Mysterious to Me"
"The thing that really bothers me about it is the Prince I know was super healthy, vegan, wasn't an abuser of drugs, wasn't an abuser of alcohol."
On Friday's Today, music executive L.A. Reid stopped by to share his memories of his late friend Prince.
Reid said he's "still in shock" about the musician's death.
Reid said he spent yesterday listening to Prince all day. "I've always said it, I believe it: [He was] the greatest at everything. Playing, writing, composing, fashion, everything." The producer said Prince had "the masculinity of Teddy Pendergrass, but he could take your girl, wearing high heels."
Co-host Matt Lauer asked Reid if he had any clue that something was wrong with Prince's health, and Reid said he didn't at all.
"The thing that really bothers me about it is the Prince I know was super healthy, vegan, wasn't an abuser of drugs, wasn't an abuser of alcohol," said Reid. "He lived right and he was clean. He looked young and he looked really healthy and vibrant, so the whole thing is just like very mysterious to me."
Prince was found dead in an elevator in his home and recording studio in Minnesota on Thursday. Fellow artists like Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Lionel Richie and more have paid tribute to the legendary musician following his death.
Reid said Prince was a business genius as much as he was a musical one and he admitted that he still sometimes got starstruck by Prince when he was working with him. "I was always in awe of him," said Reid. "He was something special.
The music producer talked about how talented Prince was, explaining how challenging it is to play every instrument on an album, like Prince did early on in his career.
"That's the most difficult thing," said Reid. "First of all when you're playing every instrument, that means you're playing them one at a time. So that means he'll put his drum track down first, and he's playing the entire song while he's hearing it in his head, then come back and lay the bass, then come back and lay the piano, and then lay the guitars."
"It's impossible," he continued. "No one can do this."