US President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday, April 22 (Philippine time) expressed oneness with fans after the death of music icon Prince.
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The US President took to Facebook to say how saddened he was over the death of a creative icon.
“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,” said Obama.
Obama also called Prince a “prolific” musician. “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,” he said.
The president also quoted the musician, saying, “‘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.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton told Philadelphia radio station WDAS-FM and Billboard that she was “stunned” over the death of the music icon.
“I came out of an event in Hartford, Connecticut, and people told me, and I was so stunned,” said Clinton.
“You think of him as being almost eternal. I mean he was a bigger-than-life personality, he was not only a songwriter and a singer but literally a one-man band. He was such a great showman. I just was so, so sad. And I just want everybody to spend some time reflecting on this American original. He was so extraordinary,” she added.