President Barack Obama has unleashed a statement following the sudden, unexpected death of the American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor – Prince. The singer with a flamboyant stage presence passed away on April 21 at the age of 57.
President Obama took on his Facebook account and wrote, “Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the globe 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 individuals with their talent.” He further wrote, “As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. Prince was a highly skilled instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying stage performer.”
Obama also cited one of Prince’s statements — “‘A strong spirit transcends rules,” and used this to describe the artist. According to Obama, “nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder or more creative” than Prince. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band and all who loved him,” Obama ended his statement.
Obama’s tribute is made more significant by the fact that he’s currently busy with a lot of things. Rolling Stone reported that President Obama just wrapped up a tense visit with Saudi Arabian leaders and then now, he is on his way to London to join the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
Besides the United States president, other politicians like Senator Al Franken joined in mourning for the wide vocal range singer. Senator Franken represented Prince’s home state of Minnesota.
The senator representing Minnesota said in a statement, “Prince started his music career in a Minneapolis jazz band. The music legend went on to share his talent throughout the state of Minnesota and then to the entire world.” The senator added, “The singer’s artistry, innovation, and unparalleled presence inspired — and will continue to inspire — millions of individuals. And saying that Prince will be missed is an understatement. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”