Mere moments after the news last night that Prince, one of the all-time greats of music, had died, the tributes came flooding in.
From contemporaries like Mick Jagger and Slash through to young artists who never had the chance to meet the legendary performer, celebrities flocked to social media to share their emotions, condolences and memories.
There were of course those who horribly misjudged the public mood and seemed to be trying to profit from the artist’s death – notable shout-outs go to brands including (but not limited to) Cheerios, 3M and Maker’s Mark. But on the whole, the reactions were truly heartfelt, and in many cases rather touching.
One thing that is obvious and undeniable from reading the comments below – from Barack Obama, Elton John, Madonna and, um, Kermit the Frog, among many others – is that Prince had an enormous impact on an enormous number of people, and will be greatly missed.
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RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) April 21, 2016
I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince pic.twitter.com/4EZLFyGw9X— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) 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
I am so saddened to hear of Prince's passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. 1/3— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) April 21, 2016
Prince was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. 2/3— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) April 21, 2016
Prince was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years. 3/3— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) April 21, 2016
Genius, legend, inspiration, friend.— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 21, 2016
The world will miss you.
I'll never get over it. pic.twitter.com/RXIZdfGNPw
So sad to hear of Prince's passing; one of the greatest musical talents of my lifetime. Maybe of the 20th century. RIP.— Slash (@Slash) April 21, 2016
i promise this was the greatest moment of my entire life. i wish i could relive it everyday. pic.twitter.com/i7oax7tLYr— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
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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
Sad news today - Prince is gone. Music has lost a great presence. A world less funky. I don't want to believe it.— Simon Le Bon (@SimonJCLeBON) April 21, 2016
Thank you God for letting us experience the GREATNESS that is— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) April 21, 2016
Prince! What a blessing! #RipPrince
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
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) 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
R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon— SHAQ (@SHAQ) 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
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
What Bowie was for white kids who didn't fit in, Prince was for black kids. A beacon in mascara who made it okay to stand up and stand out.— Baenardin (@marcbernardin) April 21, 2016
For real though, shouldn't everyone go home from work and school? It's Prince. Its like hearing the Grand Canyon died.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) April 21, 2016