Pop legend Prince passed away on Thursday at the age of 57, and celebrities and musicians from around the world took to social media to share their memories of the music giant. Scroll below to read their remembrances.
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince
I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories,
I will miss him. #Prince
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) April 21, 2016
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
We've just lost an incredible talent! So sorry to hear about #Prince we will always love your music forever and ever! #RIPPrince
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) April 21, 2016
Fitting that it's raining in Minneapolis today. pic.twitter.com/s5KFurDhHi
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince. You were the king pic.twitter.com/RwKxVsOx8F
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) April 21, 2016
Prince was my favorite musician and Purple Rain is my favorite album. At a time when the world was all about Michael Jackson I secretly always dug Prince a little more. I think because he was a showman, genius musician and lyricist but mainly because he wasn't afraid to be raw, sexual and completely unique with his vision. I'm totally shocked this man is dead at 57 when he should have been doing this for decades to come. We've all been robbed by his passing. The last time I saw him was at the forum a couple years back and it's the best show I've ever seen. He was so next level that I remember thinking that no one could touch his musical abilities at that moment. My friend Al and I got to go to the after party and meet Prince and hang at his place where he played a private party there might have been 100 of us and I stood front and center watching Prince play guitar like he was being fast forwarded. Stevie Wonder then came out and they did many numbers together. It was a special night. I am gonna miss Prince. Purple Rain on repeat all week and beyond. #mayulive2cthedawn
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
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
Meeting big stars is mostly disappointing in one way or another, but that was not the case w Prince. He was everything I hoped he'd be.
— jake johnson (@MrJakeJohnson) April 21, 2016
The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince.
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) 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
From one 6/7 to another 6/7… Rest in peace, Prince!
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) 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
Grim Reaper: I'm so sorry...
Prince: It's all right.
Grim Reaper (singing): I never meant to cause you any trouble...
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 21, 2016
The White House also released a statement remembering Prince:
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.