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:
Many other celebrity fans also shared their sadness at his passing:
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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