By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Alexa Armstrong

Thursday morning the world was shocked by the news that legendary performer Prince Rogers Nelson died.

Celebrities and fans around the world took to social media in order to share their love for the deceased.

President Barack Obama released the following statement:

“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. 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.”

“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.”‎

Other celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Nick Jonas, and Katy Perry shared love for the beloved singer as well.

Here in Tuscaloosa, 92.9FM radio talent Edward Ramsey shared that today his listeners were more emotional than he expected and Prince’s top hits were highly requested. Ramsey also shared his favorite memory of Prince, which was a concert he attended in Memphis in 1983.

University of Alabama graduate Francia Johnson was working when Prince last performed in Atlanta on April 14. She said that the environment was surreal and that his immense talent captivated everyone in the audience.

The “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” singer, died in his home in Minneapolis.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of death but, the performer had been sick with the flu for several weeks.

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