Donatella Versace reacts to death of friend, Prince

MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace says she's mourning the death of Prince, one of her closest friends, who has died after collapsing in an elevator at his recording studio complex in suburban Minneapolis.

Versace said in a statement Friday that all the memories they shared are coming back to her, including a time they rented a club for just the two of them, listened to music and spoke about the younger generation.

Versace says she hopes younger musicians will follow the example Prince set, to "respect their own soul and never trade their own individuality." She says that's what made Prince outstanding and relevant forever.

An autopsy Friday could tell more about what caused the death of the 57-year-old musical legend.