“Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince,” Obama wrote.
“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent," he continued. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”
Obama also included a Prince quote in his statement, reading, “A strong spirit transcends rules.” No truer words.
The president joins hundreds of other public figures in sharing reactions on social media, on top of the millions with heavy hearts today, further showcasing how Prince’s impact on the cultural landscape around the globe is truly undeniable.
Read the full statement below.
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