US President Barack Obama mourns the death of Prince, saying "the world lost a creative icon" with the singer's passing.
"Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent," Obama says in a White House statement.
"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."
Obama reportedly hosted a private party last year at the White House at which Prince performed along with Stevie Wonder.