Written by The Business Journal Staff
(AP) — Musicians, actors and other celebrities reacted to the death of music great Prince with shock and anguish Thursday. Here are some of the reactions they posted to Twitter or released in statements:
“This is what it sounds like when doves cry … #Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all.” — Whoopi Goldberg.
“And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace #Prince! Thanks for giving us so much.” — Katy Perry.
“What a sad day today! Terribly sorry to hear that #Prince has passed! What an incredible talent.” — La Toya Jackson.
“Oh My God! The musical genius of my generation has gone on to glory. Heaven has a new musical director with #Prince.” — Star Jones.
“#Prince So much LOVE. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My heart is heavy. #RIPPrince.” — Arthel Neville.
“The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince.” — Kathy Bates.
“A shock to read #Prince has died. He was so magnificent at the Super Bowl that I was privileged to perform the National Anthem in sign. RIP. — Marlee Matlin.
“RIP Prince. You were the king.” — Joel McHale.
“No matter what he asked us to call him, Prince was a force. Genius in the studio. Brilliant onstage. And a 4-star movie. #PurpleRain.” — Richard Roeper.
I am stunned to hear about #Prince, a huge part of my record collection and the sound of my 20s. A rare kinda brilliance. RIP.” — Eric McCormack.
“I’m in shock!! #Prince has passed away at the age of 57.” — Maria Menounos.
“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time. Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations.” — Statement from MTV.
“I can’t. I just can not. #Prince” — Shonda Rhimes.
“#PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. — Gene Simmons.
“This (expletive) sucks. Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney.” — Demi Lovato.
“Now #Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x.” — Robbie Williams.
“I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.” — Spike Lee.
“Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.” — Ellen DeGeneres.
“Heartbroken to hear about the sudden passing of #Prince. RIP.” — Lori Loughlin.
“RIP to one the greatest to ever hit the stage #Prince. We are all going to cry purple tears today. #Legend.” — Tito Jackson.