The news that Prince had died suddenly at age 57 shocked and saddened music lovers around the world.
His mastery of a wide variety of genres — from funk to New Wave to fuzzed-out rock and straight-ahead R&B — made him immensely popular and influential.
Related stories: Prince dead at 57 / LIVE COVERAGE: Local news reports on the death of Prince
That’s apparent from the broad cross-section of celebrities who offered their condolences on social media.
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
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life…"
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016
I can't fucking breathe right now
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) 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
Taking off for New York with a heavy heart. I will leave you with this- Prince live from the Capitol Theater, 1982. https://t.co/m9m837OBK0
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 21, 2016
You made a special day even more magical. #SBXLI
Rest in peace, Prince. pic.twitter.com/jjpCHRC5Eh
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) April 21, 2016
I'm stunned & so saddened to hear about the passing of Prince. He changed it all!!!! The true definition of talent!! pic.twitter.com/Ni17GvPu67
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 21, 2016
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
— George Lopez (@georgelopez) April 21, 2016
— Cypress Hill ™ (@cypresshill) April 21, 2016
In my lifetime, there's never been an artist like Prince: so fearless, so uncompromising, so devoted to his music. This loss is incaculable
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) April 21, 2016