Prince was a global “creative icon” who did it all when it came to music, President Barack Obama said Thursday, acknowledging the death of the music legend.
“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Obama said in a statement. “Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.”
Prince, 57, died Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, his publicist confirmed. Local authorities said he was found in the elevator, but that CPR could not revive him.
“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” Obama continued. “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.”
Obama rendered one of Prince’s most memorable quotes: “A strong spirit transcends rules,” while adding that no one’s spirit “was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, all who loved him,” he said.
Source: Politico | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL