"HORATIO: Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene ii
I sitting at work when a lady in the next aisle asked someone "Did you hear? The Prince died." He asked "Which Prince." She said "You know, the Prince, the singer."
Moments later, a coworker whom I have known for many years instant messaged me from Arizona. He said "Michael, James Brown, Rick James, now Prince. All my idols are dying." I said that at least JB lived to a good old age. I thought Prince took better care of himself than Rick James. This was a great shock.
Prince could sing, dance, compose, assemble and lead a band and play a number of instruments, particularly the electric guitar. He is up there with Duke Ellington as an American composer.