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Vatican official pays tribute to Prince

The Vatican’s President of the Pontifical Council for Culture paid tribute to the iconic American musician, Prince, who died on Thursday at the age of 57.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi tweeted lyrics from the star’s ballad, Sometimes It Snows in April, which appeared on his 1986 critically acclaimed album, Parade. ‘Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending, All good things they say, never last. (‪#Prince, Sometimes It Snows In April),’ he wrote.

The innovative, multi-talented singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actor was found dead in his Paisley Park residence on Thursday afternoon.

His sister, Tyka Nelson, thanked fans for their support, telling those gathered outside his Minnesota home, “He loved all of you. Thank you for loving him back.”

Meanwhile, Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who married him in 1996, expressed her heartbreak at the news. “I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated,” she told People magazine.

Prince and Garcia suffered the loss of their one-week old son, Gregory, in 1996, to Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the growth of the skull, as well as bones in the bands and feet.

“I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally,” Garcia said. “He’s with our son now.”

Picture: Prince in concert on 21st May 1986. (David Brewster/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM/PA)