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- Posted on Feb 2nd 2011 4:03PM by Brian Voerding
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The 55-year-old, whose real name is Robert Rivkin, had three blocked arteries according to his son, Adam Rivkin. Doctors were able to clear two of them and are waiting for Rivkin to regain some health before continuing with treatment.
"They wanted him to get stronger in order to go through the final phase and take care of the third one," Adam told the newspaper. "He's in critical condition and resting. He needs to build his strength so his heart can work on its own. Now they have him on help."
A member of Prince's backing band the Revolution, Rivkin was most active during much of the Purple One's first decade of touring. Prince allegedly chose Rivkin for the group in 1979 because Rivkin was white and Prince wanted a diverse touring band.
Rivkin cordially left the group in 1986, in part because of Prince's increasing interest in electronic percussion, and was replaced by Sheila E. Since then, Rivkin has mainly made his living as a producer.
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