US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Prince, hailing an "electrifying performer" who "did it all".
The musical icon's publicist confirmed the singer had passed away after his body was found at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, early on Thursday morning.
Among the many tributes was as an impassioned ode from President Obama, who said the "world lost a creative icon".
He said in a statement: "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.”
The President also remembered Prince by quoting the musician.
“‘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.”
Last summer, the Obamas hosted a private concert at the White House for friends and family that included performances by Prince and Stevie Wonder.
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