United States President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Prince calling him “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.”
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
Prince died at the age 57 after medics responded to an emergency call from his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday morning. Prince took ill last week and had to make an emergency landing because of a flu scare and was treated at a hospital in Moline.
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