U.S. President Barack Obama called the death of Prince a ''remarkable loss,'' saying that in the morning he played ''Purple Rain'' at the U.S. Ambassador's residence before heading to meetings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama called the death of musician Prince a "remarkable loss," telling a news conference in London that in the morning he played "Purple Rain" at the U.S. Ambassador's residence before heading to meetings in London. "It's a remarkable loss," Obama said. "I loved Prince because he put out great music." Obama called Prince's performance at the White House last year "extraordinary." Earlier, Obama called Prince "one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time" and said few had influenced "the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly." He also tweeted, "'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said-and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative." Obama's comments come as authorities in Minnesota were conducting an autopsy on Friday on U.S. music superstar Prince as distraught fans mourned the influential and genre-busting performer who was found dead in his home a day earlier at the age of 57. It could be weeks before full results are in and the cause of death is established and made public, officials said. The death of the eccentric and intensely private artist, whose hits included "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," shocked fans around the world, prompting outpourings of grief from devotees and glowing tributes by fellow musicians. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unresponsive on Thursday morning in an elevator at the Paisley Park Studios complex where he lived in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.