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New images have emerged showing a carefree Prince, riding around on his bicycle just three days before his shocking death on Thursday, April 21.

The photos, which were obtained by TMZ, show a smiling pop star as he cruised around his compound Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Monday, April 18.

The images were taken by Heather Hofmeister, a woman who lives about a mile from the estate. She said that the beloved singer was riding around for more than an hour and showed no signs of fatigue.

The 57-year-old appeared to be an avid bike rider, as video has surfaced from the weekend prior of the Purple One riding around a shopping mall as he waited for his girlfriend, who was inside.

These images are some of the heartbreaking final photos of the late great singer. His behavior was erratic in the days prior to his sudden death. Just hours prior to his death, the "Little Red Corvette" was spotted hitting up a local Walgreens pharmacy, which was apparently his fourth visit there within the week.

The frequent visits, along with a frail appearance, have many wondering if the legendary singer was battling something other than the flu, which has been previously reported.

"Prince had frequented the Walgreens for years, but last night, people at the store were concerned because he looked much more frail and nervous than usual," reported TMZ, who was first to report the news of the death.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on Friday, April 22, in Ramsey, Minnesota, however it could be days or weeks before the cause of death is known, said Martha Weaver, a spokeswoman for the M.E's office. CNN reports that the autopsy began at 9 a.m. and lasted four hours.

The week before, Prince had played two concerts in Atlanta. On April 15, he boarded his plane right before midnight but was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, at around 2 a.m.

Prince was hospitalized and discharged a few hours later. There were differing reports about his health, with sources saying that things didn't look good for him, while others said things were fine.

On Saturday, the day after he was released from the hospital and he went home to Paisley Park. Never one to stop going, Prince took the stage at a $10 dance party that was held at Paisley Park. In an ironic turn of phrase, he told the crowd, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

Doesn't sound like we prayed enough …