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Celebrities react to Prince: Funk legend dead

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Reports of Prince’s death hit suddenly Thursday afternoon. The news took fans off-guard, and celebrities were just as shocked as everyone else.

Collaborators, friends, and fellow musicians mourned the funk legend on social media, praising his expansive, experimental talent. See the tributes below.

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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,” MTV representatives said 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.”

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated.🦄 This is Not A Love Song.

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

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The Master as left this realm. 😔. #EnergyNeverDies #WeAreLuckyToHaveLivedInHisTime

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A Prince Among Men I don't even know what words are. . . When I was in college I had 2 friends who were obsessed with Prince. They'd been to concerts, had his albums, sang every word to his songs. I didn't get it. I wasn't into Prince. I knew a few songs but to me he was a li'l man in purple ruffles. I don't like purple and hated ruffles. Then I moved to Los Angeles and for some ungodly reason I joined the pyramid scheme known as Columbia House CD Club and ordered 8 CD's for a penny. I KNOW RIGHT?!?! That's a steal! (It wasn't. Google it.) One of the albums I got for 3/8 of a cent was Prince's The Hits/The B Sides. It was a box set and it was a revelation I never saw coming. I was obsessed with that damn box set. How had I not been into music's purple waif genius? Thanks to that pyramid scheme I was never NOT listening to it. It was my Hamilton Cast album at the time. I would drive around LA jobless while it blasted on my sound system. I drove an '84 convertible Mustang at the time and would drive up and down Sunset Boulevard with my top down singing When Doves Cry Let's Go Crazy 1999 Nothing Compares 2 U Diamonds and Pearls Delirious Little Red Corvette I Would Die 4 U Kiss Cream Purple Rain But my favorite to sing like I WROTE THAT SHIT was 7. I just knew that some Hollywood powerhouse would hear me in my raggedy ass car, recognize the raw talent and make my Hollywood dreams come true. Thank you Prince for being a part of my early starlet dreams . . . 💋💋💋💋💋 KISS, Yes, Oh Oh Oh, Oh, Ooh, Ah.

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