Vanilla Ice says world has lost a legend in Prince

In this Dec. 25, 1984 photo, Prince performs at St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (David Brewster/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

The news about the loss of a close friend hit Vanilla Ice pretty hard.

"I was sitting down eating, couldn't eat anymore, completely shocked," said Rob Van Winkle, a.k.a. Vanilla Ice in an interview with CBS12 Thursday afternoon.

"It just shocked me so much."

The star of his The Vanilla Ice Project said he recorded once at Paisley Park, where authorities found Prince unresponsive in an elevator.

Vanilla Ice was astonished by the musician's talent.

"One thing I can remember about him is he could play every instrument. Just a natural talent," said Vanilla Ice.

Prince is also being remembered for his voice.

"He would sing with more passion than any singer I've known in my entire life. He had it. He had that fairy dust on him," Vanilla Ice said.

It's been a hard couple of days for Vanilla Ice, a lot of emotions.

The new season of his show premieres Saturday night. And now, a second friend of his has died. Chyna, a.k.a.Joanie Laurer, died Wednesday night.

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