WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement on the passing of Prince:

“Like all Minnesotans I am shocked and saddened today. I grew up with Prince's music. He was a superstar composer, an amazing performer and a music innovator with a fierce belief in the independence of his art. He made ‘Purple Rain’ a household name, First Avenue a landmark, and brought international fame to Minnesota's music scene. I was always so proud to say ‘Prince, he is from Minnesota.’ We grieve his loss today.”