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Obama Joins Music Stars In Praising Prince

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President Barack Obama joined a large number of musical stars in praising Prince, who was found dead at his Minneapolis home on April 21.

The 57-year-old’s death was announced less than a week after he was rushed to hospital following a medical emergency.

“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Obama wrote online, according to the Daily Mail.

“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,” Obama’s Facebook post continued.

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Obama revealed he and his wife, Michelle, were Prince fans.

“‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative,” the president wrote.

Fellow artists also looked back on his career.

“I LOVED him, the world LOVED him. Now he's at peace with his Father,” Chaka Khan, who had a 1984 hit with "I Feel for You," a song originally recorded by Prince, said.

Madonna agreed, posting a picture with Prince.

“He changed the world!! A true visionary. What a loss,” she wrote.

Lenny Kravitz commented on how important Prince was for his own career.

“My musical brother ... My friend ... The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone,” Kravitz wrote.

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger tweeted that Prince was “a revolutionary artist" and "authentic in every way."

Fans gathered at the First Avenue club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, leaving flowers and touching the Prince star.

“Our hearts are broken. Prince was the Patron Saint of First Avenue. He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city. It is difficult to put into words the impact his death will have on the entire music community, and the world. As the tragic news sinks in, our thoughts are with Prince’s family, friends, and fans,” a tribute posted by First Avenue read, according to the StarTribune.

Electric Fetus, a Minneapolis music store Prince visited on April 16, had sold out of everything related to Prince by the afternoon.

Sources: Daily Mail, StarTribune / Photo credit: Instagram/Daily Mail

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