Sen. Al Franken Mourns The Death Of Legendary Music Icon Prince

Upon the sad news that music legend Prince had died, Sen Al Franken (D-MN) released a statement calling Prince an unparalleled presence.

“Prince got his start in a Minneapolis jazz band and went on to share his talent throughout Minnesota and the entire world,” Sen. Franken said. “His artistry, innovation, and unparalleled presence inspired—and will continue to inspire—millions of people. To say he’ll be missed is an understatement. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”

There is no way to understand the impact that Prince had on generations of his musicians and fans. From his mainstream success with his backup band The Revolution to his 90s move to a brassier funkier sound with The New Power Generation, Prince was a constantly evolving artist. He is credited with pioneering the Minneapolis sound.

Prince won seven Grammys and had released 15 albums in the last 15 years. Prince was hospitalized last week when his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois while returning from concerts in Georgia. A relentless creative force has ceased and created a unique hole in the music landscape that may never again be filled.

Listen to Prince’s When Doves Cry here, an appropriate song for this sad day: