Sheila E. I'm Going to Find Out How Prince Died

4/21/2016 4:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Prince's longtime friend and collaborator Sheila E. wants answers -- and she's jetting to Minnesota right now to get them. 

We just got Sheila as she was boarding a flight at LAX, and she was visibly shaken about the news of Prince's death. She gave us a message for the millions of fans mourning around the world.

Sheila -- who's been tight with Prince since the mid-'80s -- seemed puzzled about reports he'd been battling the flu, but also ... determined to find out the truth.