By Dan Snierson
Updated April 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The tributes to Prince, who died on Thursday, continue to roll in from all corners of pop culture, and the producers of New Girl have issued a statement about the legendary artist, who made a rare guest-star appearance on the Fox sitcom in 2014. In a season 3 episode aptly titled “Prince,” the gang is invited to one of his Prince’s parties, where he winds up giving Jess some romantic advice to help her in relationship with Nick (Jake Johnson).

In a statement issued today, the New Girl producers, who include creator Liz Meriwether, said: “We are all so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of this hero of ours – and so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him and to have him on our show. It’s something we will remember forever. Our thoughts go out to his family. We are among the millions of people who will truly miss the brilliant Artist.”

Meriwether also paid tribute to the “extraordinary” Prince on Twitter, as did the cast; Deschanel called him “a king among men,” while Johnson said that the musician was “everything I hoped he’d be.”

Here’s what happened when Prince introduced himself to Jess and Nick. To read about Prince’s other memorable TV appearances, click here. To hear 25 essential Prince tracks, click here.

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