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Prince Dead at 57: Celebrities and Fans React

Mourning the loss of a legend. Music icon Prince was discovered dead at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on Thursday, April 21, and fans of the musician quickly took to social media to share their sorrow. He was 57.

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“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,” the network told Us Weekly in a statement. “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. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.”

Prince performs in New York in 1984.

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The singer was rushed to the hospital following an emergency landing of his private plane on Friday, April 15, but a rep for the musician reported that the “Purple Rain” crooner was feeling healthy again shortly afterward. He even made an appearance at a concert the next day to reassure fans that he was OK.

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An insider told TMZ that the musician had been battling a bad case of the flu.

“My bed’s made up at night ‘cuz in my dreams I roam…” RIP #Prince

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I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.

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Prince had previously canceled two concerts in Atlanta earlier this month due to an unspecified illness, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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His last tweet came on Monday, April 18, a promotion for his 2016 Piano & A Microphone tour program, which he kicked off in Australia in February. The multi-hyphenate artist was also set to release his first book, a tell-all memoir titled The Beautiful Ones, in fall 2017.

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