Read a Tribute to Prince from President Barack Obama

"As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all."
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"As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all."
Barack Obama (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

President Barack Obama (via Wikimedia Commons)

The sudden and unexpected death of Prince this morning brought about a social media storm of tributes. Everyone from music industry heavyweights to the general, loyal fan searched for a way to describe the sadness they felt. Even President Barack Obama took the time to let the public know how important Prince was to our culture. He took to Facebook to express his sentiment.

"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."