'Nobody's Spirit Was Stronger': Obama Mourns 'Creative Icon' Prince
President Obama paid respects to Prince following his sudden death, saying "the world lost a creative icon."
"Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent," the president said in a statement shared on Facebook.
“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 was found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. on Thursday.
Deputies and medical personnel found the music icon unresponsive when they arrived at his home and they performed CPR but it was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
Prince had been rushed to a hospital last Friday morning in Illinois and was released several hours later. His rep told TMZ he had been battling the flu for several weeks.
A day later, however, Prince gave an impromptu performance at Paisley Park "to demonstrate that reports of his dire health were greatly exaggerated."