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President Obama Calls Prince's Death A 'Remarkable Loss'

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- The passing of pop superstar Prince has resulted in reaction from people everywhere, from local musicians to international celebrities to, now, President Barack Obama. On Friday, he called Prince's death a "remarkable loss."

Obama remarked on Prince's passing at his press conference with David Cameron in the United Kingdom Friday.

"In respect to Prince, I love Prince because he put out great music and he was a great performer. I didn't know him well. He came to perform at the White House last year and was extraordinary and creative and original and full of energy. So, it's a remarkable loss," Obama said.

The president continued, saying he listened to some of Prince's music Friday morning.

"I'm staying at Winfield house, the U.S. Ambassador's residence. It so happens our Ambassador has a turntable and so, this morning, we played 'Purple Rain' and 'Delirious' just to get warmed up before we left the house for important bilateral meetings like this."

Prince Rogers Nelson died at his Paisley Park studios Thursday morning. His autopsy was scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.

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