The president, governors (including Governor Scott Walker), senators and other politicians took to social media Thursday to express their grief following the death of music icon Prince.
Prince was known for legendary 1980s singles, pioneering “the Minneapolis sound” and taking on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom. He died Thursday at age 57.
President Barack Obama called Prince a “creative icon” with a strong spirit as he offered prayers after the musician’s death
“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Obama said in a statement. “Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.”
Gov. Scott Walker, of nearby Wisconsin, posted two tweets mourning the death of the artist.
“Wow. Growing up in the 80s, the music of Prince was a big deal. What a shock,” he tweeted.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called him “a superstar composer” and “an amazing performer.”
“Like all Minnesotans I am shocked and saddened today,” she said in a statement. “I grew up with Prince’s music. He was a superstar composer, an amazing performer and a music innovator with a fierce belief in the independence of his art.”
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted, “Can’t believe he’s gone” along with a longer statement.
innesota Rep. Erik Paulsen said his first concert was a Prince show.
“Prince was the first concert I ever went to. As talented as they come and a Minnesota treasure. He’ll be missed,” he tweeted.
“Shocked to hear about the passing of Prince, a beloved Minnesotan. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fans,” tweeted Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum.
Other lawmakers expressed their sympathies as well.
“Today not only doves are crying. #RIPPrince #Prince,” tweeted South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
“My condolences to the family, friends and fans of #Prince. His music, talent and ability will not be forgotten,” tweeted Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty.
Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Prince. He was a musical genius and a true Minnesotan legend. #RIP,” tweeted Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer.
“#Prince was a legend. May he rest in peace,” New York Rep. Joe Crowley tweeted.