Tributes paid to Prince following his death
Legion of entertainers express their sorrow and pay tribute to late singer
Prince performs at the Roskilde Festival, Denmark, July 2010. Photograph: Jens Dige/EPA
US singer Prince. Prince has died at the age of 57. File photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
The world of showbusiness has paid its respects to Prince, who has died aged 57.
Chic frontman Nile Rodgers tweeted: “#RIP our dearly beloved #Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus . . . I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had #good times.”
“We gone put on for Prince tonight!” tweeted Fiasco.
Singer Lily Allen said: “PRINCE. You legend. Rest In Peace.”
Broadcaster Zane Lowe, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe he has gone. Thank you for everything Prince. You will always be The Greatest #RIPPrince.”
Hip hop artist Chance The Rapper said: “None of Prince’s albums are available in digital format. You have to find a physical copy. I appreciate that, ’bout to go an adventure.”
Meanwhile, actor Russell Crowe wrote: “The greatest live act I ever saw. Genius, poet, sexy mother f*****. RIP Prince.”
Actor Samuel L Jackson tweeted: “I’m Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.”
British pop star Robbie Williams said: “Now Prince? No no no . . . RIP You genius x”
Radio DJ Huey Morgan said: “RIP Prince! One of the best of all time! You will be missed my brother.”
Kiss singer Gene Simmons wrote: “PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”
I'm a man of words I'm kinda speechless on losing #Prince it's like the Earth is missing a note. Little to say-only thing to do is play ....— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 21, 2016
Pop superstar Prince dead, publicist confirms https://t.co/f6b2JvhJJV— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) April 21, 2016
Legendary Prince is dead!! How tragic! #soundtrackofmylife— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 21, 2016
R.I. P. #Prince. An exceptional talent! He made an enormous contribution to music.— Carole King (@Carole_King) April 21, 2016
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 (@Carrie_Rachel) April 21, 2016
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, tweeted: “Thank you Prince. All my thoughts and prayers are with all your loved ones.”
Singer Katy Perry also paid tribute to the musician, writing: “And just like that . . . the world lost a lot of magic. Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much . . .”
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson tweeted: “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 and Mercy.”
Actor Kevin Bacon posted a video of Prince performing, adding: “Lots of guitars gently weeping today #Prince #RIP.”
Hip hop artist Big Sean paid his tribute to the singer’s influence: “Rest In Paradise Prince and thank you for blessing us all with your work n’ presence.”
Duff McKagan said: “What do we do now? PRINCE. No. I hope you weren’t in much pain . . . your music saved me time and again.”
Singer Chaka Khan posted a picture of herself with Prince on Twitter, adding: “I LOVED him, the world LOVED him. Now he’s at peace with his Father. Rest in power, Prince, my brother.”
Sharon Osbourne wrote: “Seems like I’m in a dream. Prince dead at 57. There are no words to describe this loss.”
Music producer Quincy Jones tweeted: “RIP to Prince . . . a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.”
Rapper Missy Elliott posted an image of Prince on Twitter, saying: “This is so heartbreaking. I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many RIP”
Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Shocked and soooo sad!! #RIP PRINCE #music #legend #gonetoosoon”
Apple boss Tim Cook referenced the singer’s innovation as a musician, writing: “Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace.”
Actor-singer Will Smith said in a Facebook post that he was “stunned and heartbroken,“ and had just spoken to Prince the night before his death.
“Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth,” he said.
“Prince” became the top-trending term on Twitter in the United States shortly after his death was reported. As of Thursday afternoon, his name had been tweeted more than 2.8 million times.
Veteran R&B artist Lionel Richie said on Twitter, “I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him.”
“Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real,” added pop star Justin Timberlake.
“This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all,” tweeted actor Whoopi Goldberg.
“Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince,” tweeted Oprah Winfrey.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was a beloved icon in his home state of Minnesota. Following the news of his death, the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team tweeted “We’ve lost a legend way too soon.”
Prince recorded a song about the Minnesota Vikings, “Purple and Gold,” in 2010.