We lost a true legend on Thursday (April 21). Prince died unexpectedly at the age of 57 in his Minneapolis, MN home.
His publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed the news to the media and said, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”
“The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu,” the publication reported.
News of the “Purple Rain” singer’s death obviously shocked his fans and the music industry. Tributes poured in over social media as fellow celebrities shared their thoughts and prayers to remember Prince.
Check out the stars’ tributes below:
Jennifer Hudson and her fellow Broadway castmates of “The Color Purple” paid tribute to Prince with a beautiful rendition of “Purple Rain.”
The Broadway cast of “Hamilton” took time to dance to “Let’s Go Crazy.” Plus, the star and creator of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted, “Step away from your computer. Walk around, blast some Prince. It’s the only thing that has saved my day, it may save yours.”
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
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
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