By: Stephanie Marcus
Celebrities took to social media in the moments immediately following the news of iconic musician Prince's death to express an outpouring of grief and shock.
The 57-year-old died at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday, TMZ reported. The cause of death has yet to be released at this time, however, the performer was treated in hospital for the flu last week after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois.
Prince was an award-winning musician, trailblazer and beloved member of the creative community.
Here's how his friends, collaborators and fellow stars reacted to the news of his death:
Oh my god I can't believe that Prince has died...he was a great great talent...RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) April 21, 2016
Omg..... RIP Prince.... 😨😔😢— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
Damn. Some real genius gone now. RIP PRINCE— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 21, 2016
THIS CAN NOT BE POSSIBLE!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince, everybody go watch Purple Rain— Daniel Platzman (@DanielPlatzman) April 21, 2016
WHAT!!???? PRINCE!!!????? IS THIS A DREAM!????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We just lost a true artistic PIONEER. Heart broken— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) April 21, 2016
"Dearly beloved— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life..."
So Prince and Chyna die in the same day NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! My heart is hurting :( R.I.P— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) April 21, 2016
Unbelievable just heard about PRINCE. Strength and light to his family/loved ones. One of my favs and a true pioneering artist. RIP brotha.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
We lost one of the greatest Artists who ever lived. Prince's music was the soundtrack to my life. RIP, Royal genius. Nothing compared 2 U...— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 21, 2016
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016
I'm shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) April 21, 2016
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Prince?!?!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 21, 2016
R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 21, 2016
Only now do we know what it sounds like When Doves Cry — the absence of music from loss of The Artist. RIP Prince (1958-2016)— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
Im sooooo very sad right now... PRINCE can't die.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time. Haven't loved an artist as long or as consistently as I have Prince. My dream was to one day collaborate with him or play drums for him. He use to come watch #DJAM and I play. Those nights went down as some of my favorite. I taught my kids about him from a very young age and has always stayed a favorite in our family, we even got to see him play a couple times together. Sad day, we lost one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time. One of the greatest guitars players of our time. To me he was truly a musical genius, a true original. Rest in Peace 🙏🏻 #PURPLERAINFOREVER
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