The iconic singer-songwriter died on Thursday. He was 57.
“It is impossible to imagine him not being here,” Easton – who worked with the seven-time Grammy winner on songs including, “The Arms of Orion” and “U Got the Look” – said in a statement released to PEOPLE.
She continued: “The world of music was forever changed the day he picked up his guitar. His talent was breathtaking, his heart was kind, and all of us have been blessed to have had a glimpse into this sweet and magical soul.”
The “Purple Rain” singer was found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Thursday, according to the Carver County’s Sheriff Office, which is currently investigating the circumstances of his death. He was 57.