The world lost an immeasurably talented musician on Thursday. Prince, renowned for his award-winning music and performances, was found dead at his home/studio, dubbed Paisley Park, in Minneapolis. He was 57.
Reactions to the news began pouring in along with the earliest reports from TMZ, which reported that an unidentified body had been found inside the mansion. Fans and celebrities alike crossed their fingers that the deceased was not Prince, only to find out that it was, in fact, the “Little Red Corvette” singer. Twitter and Instagram have since been flooded with gut-wrenching responses to the loss.
Dang it... Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) 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
Im sooooo very sad right now... PRINCE can't die.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 21, 2016
Words cannot describe the gigantic crater left in the wake of the death of #Prince. This one truly hurts. RIP. The doves are crying.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 21, 2016
Once, Prince yelled from the stage that I could dance. He was likely yelling to the girl behind me, but it's still my happiest moment. RIP.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) April 21, 2016
In a world of copycats, hacks, lip syncers & posers, Prince cut thru all the bullshit w/ such vision & talent and confidence. RIP 2 a legend
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 21, 2016
Today the doves will be crying purple tears #Prince
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 21, 2016
— Cypress Hill ™ (@cypresshill) April 21, 2016
I'm in complete shock. More than doves are crying today. Rest in power, Prince.
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) April 21, 2016
Like why couldn't we all die so Prince could live?
— pauly casillas (@PaulyPeligroso) April 21, 2016
OMG I CAN'T HANDLE THIS. PRINCE. I'M DEVASTATED.
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) April 21, 2016
From one 6/7 to another 6/7… Rest in peace, Prince!
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) April 21, 2016
I am shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Prince. A great brother and music genius.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) April 21, 2016
RIP #Prince. The world will miss you.
— Gianluca Il Volo (@GianGinoble) April 21, 2016
Purple everything. No rules. Bodies owned, brilliantly free. New sounds, new ways to love. Thank you Prince. pic.twitter.com/c5JuyIXfg5
— Christine&theQueens (@QueensChristine) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince. I was a huge fan. I'll be listening to him all day today.
— Kendra Wilkinson (@KendraWilkinson) April 21, 2016
So shocked to report the death of Prince. Truly one of a kind genius. Electrifying live. His influence is everywhere pic.twitter.com/N26nvnNt79
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) April 21, 2016
Incredibly sad...thinking of his family, friends and fans. Prince was musical royalty...may he RIP. __ https://t.co/LL42vkkk6e
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) April 21, 2016
Michael, Whitney and Prince. Please stick with us, Stevie.
— Emily Osment (@EmilyOsment) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace Prince. Thank you for the music that will live on forever ❤️
— Cher Lloyd (@CherLloyd) April 21, 2016
Prince's exact cause of death remains unclear. He is not known to have been battling any sort of life-threatening illness, though he was hospitalized earlier this week. The Grammy Award winner's publicist has said that last week Prince's plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, to allow doctors to examine him. He was reportedly diagnosed with the flu and sent home within hours.