President Barack Obama eulogized deceased pop icon Prince on Friday during a visit to London, saying he and the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. listened to two of the artist’s biggest hits in his honor.
“He was extraordinary and creative and original and full of energy,” said Obama. “It was a remarkable loss.”
The President, who is on a six day trip overseas, added that he was able to play a few Prince records Friday morning, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun has a record player. “This morning we played ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Delirious,'” Obama said.
Obama hailed Prince as a “creative icon” and an “electrifying performer” after his death Thursday at the age of 57. The President recalled performance by Prince and Stevie Wonder at the White House last year, which was held in “secret.” The public and press were not invited, but found out about the party after celebrity guests posted to social media about the event.