NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.
Musicians, fans and celebrities reacted to Prince’s death with shock and anguish Thursday.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem also changed its marquee to pay tribute to the music legend.
“In honor of the beautiful one, Prince, nothing compares 2 u,” the marquee read.
President Barack Obama said “the world lost a creative icon.”
“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,” Obama said in a statement.
Here are some other reactions from celebrities posted to Twitter or released in statements:
“Stunned. This can’t be real.” — Justin Timberlake.
“He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song.” — Madonna.
“R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon.” — Shaquille O’Neal.
“Lots of guitars gently weeping today #Prince #RIP.” — Kevin Bacon.
https://twitter.com/Carrie_Rachel/status/723205304700145665″Running out of living musical heroes, those we measure everything against, emulate, know we won’t surpass but inspire us to try. #prince.” — Carrie Brownstein.
Dang it… Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day….” — Blake Shelton.
“Rest in power, Prince.” — Russell Simmons.
“I’m in shock #Prince.” — Mark Cuban.
“Shocked that @prince has died at only 57. Such a talent to have died so young #RIPPrince.” — Joan Collins.
“So sad to hear about the loss of Prince today. #RIP #legend #purplerain.” — Kris Jenner.
“This is what it sounds like when doves cry … Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all.” — Whoopi Goldberg.
“And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much.” — Katy Perry.
“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time. Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations.” — Statement from MTV.
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