4th SW Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 10, 2008
26 February 2008
The Purple Rain singer - who released his first album in 1978 - is being forced to undergo the surgery at just 49-years-old after suffering excruciating pain as a result of years of blistering performances.
A source told Britain's News of the World newspaper: "For months Prince, who always puts on the most energetic shows, has been complaining of pain every time he moves.
"He is totally crushed because he knows he will never be the same again."
The surgery will involve removing the ball and socket of Prince's damaged hip and replacing it with a titanium joint.
The diminutive star is allegedly booking into a private hospital and aides have reportedly cleared two months from his diary to allow him time to recover from the operation.