Pop music icon Prince has passed away at 57. The singer-songwriter-instrumentalist was found dead at his home in Minnesota, his publicist told Associated Press.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, he reigned supreme in the 1980s with his iconic albums 1999 and Purple Rain. In 1993, he dropped the monicker "Prince" in favor of a symbol. He was sometimes referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" before assuming the name "Prince" again in 2000. His most recent album was 2015's HITnRUN Phase One.
Here are some of the artists who paid tribute to Prince and reacted to his death on social media:
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
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