In regards to how he died; if it was an overdose that doesn't = addict. He could well have been taking more than one type of medication that was prescribed to him and they didn't mix well. It happens.
The AIDS thing, I've heard rumours about it over the years but tbh I'm sure we have all heard things about people that false as often as we've heard things that turn out to be true, so we can't go by that.
There will be an "official story" eventually but it won't change the fact that he's gone. He had a huge impact on so many lives and his music will always be here, to me it seems as though he would have wanted us all to remember him through that. I've been listening to his music a lot over the past couple of days and the one thing that never changes is that I'm always amazed by it. Every time!
The world has lost someone SO EXTRAORDINARY!
Tbh it's nice..... In a weird way, to know that people are still talking about it. It makes me sad reading this thread though.