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President Obama on the death of Prince: "Today, the world lost a creative icon"

The White House released the following statement from President Barack Obama following the sudden, unexpected death of 57-year-old musical legend Prince on Thursday:

The "A strong spirit transcends rules" quote apparently comes from a 1999 interview with Barney Hoskyns. Prince continued: "As RZA of Wu-Tang said: 'I ain't commercial; it's y'all who tell me whether I'm commercial or not.'"

For 11 more notable Prince quotes, see German Lopez's article here. And to remember what a musical talent Prince was, check out 14 of his most iconic songs here.