*The death of Prince has sent shock waves all the way to the White House.
President Obama has released a statement remembering the artist as a “creative icon” and “an electrifying performer.”
Read the statement in its entirety below:
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 held a private performance at the White House just last June, when he was in nearby Baltimore for his two benefit concerts for Freddie Gray.
That private social event included bold-faced names from both the public and private sectors, including Wall Street execs, Hollywood stars, cabinet-level officials and even the Seattle Seahawk’s Russell Wilson, according to Page Six.