His publicist confirmed the singer had passed away after his body was found at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, early on Thursday (21 April) morning.
Stars from across the music world such as Nile Rodgers, Madonna, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, flooded social media after the news broke, with many taking to Twitter and Instagram to pay their respects:
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
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Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) 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
Rest In Peace Prince.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) April 21, 2016
PRINCE . You legend. Rest In Peace— lily (@lilyallen) April 21, 2016
My memories with Prince will never be forgotten. He contributed to an experience I will treasure for a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/xSPnYd16Qv— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) 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
This fucking sucks... Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney 😔— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince! One of the best of all time! You will be missed my brother. pic.twitter.com/8t4J8Xpi0d— Huey Morgan (@OfficialHuey) April 21, 2016
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today... #RIPPrince— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016
#RIPPrince, the world was lucky to have an artist like you.— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) April 21, 2016
Many other celebrity fans also shared their sadness at his passing:
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
Seems like I’m in a dream. Prince dead at 57. There are no words to describe this loss.— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
I can't believe he has gone. Thank you for everything Prince. You will always be The Greatest #RIPPrince— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) April 21, 2016
Prince was the greatest live performer I ever saw.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 21, 2016
A musical genius ablaze with astounding, sexually charged energy. Loved him. RIP
Is there some sort of curse? Why are all the legends going?? RIP #Prince X— russell tovey (@russelltovey) April 21, 2016
In complete shock. 2016 seems to have opened a strange portal where all true creatives and… https://t.co/2Ozzl5NZDh— fearne cotton (@Fearnecotton) April 21, 2016
💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜— mistajam (@mistajam) April 21, 2016
RIP Rogers Nelson aka Prince, such a talented person & gone way to soon, very sad !!! https://t.co/p24fAK4koB— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 21, 2016
Jesus, this is not a great year...— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) April 21, 2016
Can death please **** off and take a holiday.
Just reading the news about Prince. So sad. Can’t believe it.— Tom Fletcher (@TomFletcher) April 21, 2016
This is unbelievable. So sad. What an energy to exist he was. We're losing all of the legends and lives seem to be getting shorter.— Nicola Roberts (@NicolaRoberts) April 21, 2016
Prince. I can't believe this news.xx— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) April 21, 2016
I can't believe Prince has died... I'm totally and utterly mortified 😢— Gok Wan (@therealgokwan) April 21, 2016
OmG!! Prince has died!! @LincolnTownley just painted him before we left for LA!!! Can't believe what's going on!!!— Denise Welch (@RealDeniseWelch) April 21, 2016
Please no! Some one please tell me it isn't true #PRINCEWILLNEVERDIE— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) April 21, 2016
I cannot believe one of my childhood heroes is gone. In total shock. WTF..............— Peter Andre (@MrPeterAndre) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince https://t.co/nyR35w7gjt
Reeling from the news of Princes' death.... He was the sound of my youth, a genius, a maverick.... RIP— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) April 21, 2016
Very sad news about Prince. What a true Legend! Gonna go listen to Every song on Purple rain.— matt willis (@mattjwillis) April 21, 2016
Confirmation of his death came just days after a private jet he was travelling on was forced to make an abrupt landing in Illinois, due to a medical emergency.
Reps for the star later insisted he was just suffering from the flu.
Prince - real name Prince Rogers Nelson - was one of the world’s most successful musicians, having sold more than 100 million records in his 30-year career.
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