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>> no! nah. >> bad lip reading, you are always the best new thing in the world. i need ed you today. i thank you. no. >> bad lip reading you're the best thing in the world. "first look" is up next. it's friday, april 22. right now on "first look" the outpouring over the death of prince from around the globe has been emotional and overwhelming at times. the latest on what killed the music legend at the young age of 57. the donald may be getting more in line with the republican establishment while sanders is fighting for political oxygen. and president obama prepares to meet queen elizabeth while nudging the u.k. not to jump ship from the e.u. "first look" starts right now. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us today. i'm betty nguyen. shock and utter disbelief. that's how fans and stars alike are reacting to the stunning death of musical icon prince.
the 57-year-old was found unresponsive in his home thursday and was declared dead a short time later. the cause of death is still unclear. officials say an autopsy is scheduled for today. and prince's home state of minnesota, a sea of fans gathered outside the famous minneapolis music venue first avenue last night that's where prince filmed "purple rain." a rainbow appeared over prince's self-titled paisley park home and studio. in brooklyn, director spike lee organized a street dance party outside his movie production theater and in harlem, fans danced to his music throughout the afternoon. ♪ >> on broadway, the cast of "hamilton" honor prince with "let's go crazy." and bridges were in purple. a slew of remembrances by those
who knew him. from his long time friend and collaborator sheila e. the meaning of the word loss has taken on new meaning today. thank god love lives forever. beatles legend paul mccartney, god bless this creative giant. oprah tweeting, prince, the doves are crying now. on facebook, president obama called him one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time. saying nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder or more creative. nbc's ron mott has more on the life and death of prince. ♪ >> reporter: over the years he was called many things. icon. legend. genius. even a symbol for which there was no name. >> pretty good at pretending. >> reporter: a shocked and saddened musical world is calling him a lost treasure. from fans outside his famous paisley park -- >> i can't believe he's gone. >> reporter: to industry giants like aretha franklin who speak
to brian soon after getting the news that prince was dead at the age of 57. >> prince is gone, but the music will go on. >> what was it about him do you think? >> well, i don't know. young adults and adults loved prince. ♪ ♪ the sky was so purple people were running everywhere ♪ >> reporter: mtv which came into its own interrupted its programming. ♪ his music was transcendent. evidenced by the multiculture, multigenerational crowd that paid respects to him throughout the day and evening. but he was much more than a musician. an artist in every sense of the word who was a masterful showman who understood the business of making music and money. grappling with studios at points to carve a bigger slice of the dough and control for himself. >> who was prince? i don't know. that's kind of the way he wanted it.
>> reporter: late last week, hours after a performance in atlanta during which concert goers reported nothing out of the ordinary, prince fell ill on the private plane ride home which made an emergency landing in illinois. hospitalized, he was treated and released saturday morning, throwing a release party later in true prince fashion. >> for a medical paisley park for a male not breathing. >> reporter: medical personnel were dispatched to his home around 9:45 local time, found unresponsive in an elevator. his publicist confirmed the death a short time later. unrelenting outpouring of grief and happier memories. madonna known best by a single word called him a true visionary. she said i'm devastated on twitter. the twin cities draped in heartache and purple. and fittingly it's been raining. >> what an extraordinary legacy. he will be missed.
prince, dead at the age of 57. now to the race for the white house. top leaders in the republican party are huddling together for a big meeting in florida. front-runner donald trump appears to be making a move more towards the middle during a "today" show town hall, he spoke out against north carolina's recent anti-lgbt bathroom law. this comes as top aide paul manafort says that trump has a different private persona he's going to show to the public. he plans to reveal that to appeal to more women, minorities and other voters in a general election. on the democratic side, allies of bernie sanders are planning to meet after the primary season to discuss the future of the movement galvanized by his campaign. this comes as sanders sat down with nbc's andrea mitchell for his first interview since his devastating loss in new york. he says the path to the nomination won't be easy. >> it's not unrealistic, it's a hard path i admit that. look, if we do not have a majority, i think it will be hard for us to win.
>> tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: betty, good morning. trump's campaign manager says trump is a different person in private than he is in public and that you'll be seeing the more presidential donald trump out on the campaign trail soon. but publicly, trump is now urging his rivals to call it quits. >> cruz and kasich have no path to victory. it's over. it's over. >> reporter: but ted cruz and john kasich say they're going nowhere. >> everybody ought to focus on their own campaign. >> reporter: cruz is pushing back at donald trump on north carolina's bathroom law. trump says it's okay for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. >> that is correct. >> grown adult men, strangers should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls. >> reporter: cruz in indiana overnight. >> we are going to spend a lot of time here in indiana working
to earn your votes. >> reporter: hoping to pick up support on the primaries. hillary clinton heads back to pennsylvania after another gun safety forum. >> we have too many guns in this country, in the wrong hands. >> in many cases i'm being attacked by clinton people unfairly. >> reporter: bernie sanders tells nbc he won't back off clinton and still thinks he's the democrat's best shot of winning in november. and that's what bernie sanders considers his ace in the hole to win over the super delegates. polls that show him beating republicans by wider margins. betty? >> thank you, tracie. president obama arrived in london amid fierce debate in that country over whether to leave the european union. the president penned an op-ed published in the telegraph and it supports david cameron and others, urging british citizens to remain part of the e.u. he stressed the long ties to great britain and he said, quote, when it comes to creating jobs, trade and economic growth
in line with our values, the u.k. has benefitted from its membership in the e.u. today, he and the first lady will lunch with queen elizabeth ii to kick off the u.k. visit. it marks the third meeting. she has met 11 of the last 12 presidents all the way back to truman. nbc's ron allen is live outside windsor castle. what does the president hope to accomplish this weekend? >> reporter: well, the visit here to windsor is a purely social meeting as you said. he's met with the queen a number of times before. this visit which the first lady will join him on essentially book ends a visit here back in 2009 when president obama first took office. so purely a social gathering here where i imagine there's at what of reminiscing about the last eight years because this is likely the last time that president obama will come this way during his time in office. we'll have the farewell visits coming up as president obama leaves office over the next eight months or so. then it's back to london to
meeting with david cameron for some serious business. you mentioned the e.u., whether britain will stay or go. there's a referendum on june 23rd here. very contentious issue. the camp that wants britain to leave the e.u. is upset that president obama has stepped time this debate. they feel it's meddling, they feel it's inappropriate for a foreign leader to take a position on this debate. however, the president feels very strongly about it. he says essentially that britain is a key ally of the united states. the united states sees britain as a bridge to europe. and he feels that britain's position is much enhanced by remaining a part of this e.u. bloc of some 28 nations. he'll be asked about it at a press conference that he'll hold with the prime minister. also on the on the agenda, the fight against isis and another reason of course why the president says that britain's place should be in the -- should be in the european union. back to you.
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