Celebrities React to Prince's Death on Social Media

A death investigation is underway at the singer's Paisley Park estate.

ByJulia Jacobo
April 21, 2016, 6:24 PM

— -- "Purple Rain" singer Prince died today at age 57, and tributes to the singer have been pouring in ever since.

Chief among them was Aretha Franklin, who told ABC News: "It was just a blow -- a real blow.... He had longevity in the industry simply because he was a natural and he had 'it'. What they call 'it' in the business.

She added: "He's gone, but his music will live on forever."

For his part, President Barack Obama released a statement saying the world lost a "creative icon."

"Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince," the president said. "Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer."

Meanwhile, dozens of celebrities took to social media to react to the music legend's death.

Oprah Winfrey


Stevie Nicks


Hall & Oates

Tim Allen

Tracee Ellis Ross

Goldie Hawn

Michael Kors

Sherri Shepherd

Demi Lovato

Gavin DeGrawm

Dane Cook

Nile Rodgers

Vanessa Williams

Samuel L. Jackson

Billy Idol


Kyle Richards

Duane Brown

Reggie Miller

Lionel Richie

Russell Simmons

Tahj Mowry

Star Jones

Whoppi Goldberg

Sir Mix-A-Lot

Jenny McCarthy

Drake Bell

Loni Love

Wyclef Jean

Patricia Arquette

Mara Wilson

Kris Jenner

Kerry Washington

The Apollo Theater

Brandi Glanville

Rob Schneider

Mark Cuban

MC Hammer

Lupe Fiasco

Don Cheadle

Justin Timberlake

Chaka Khan

Missy Elliott

Fantasia Barrino

Leah Remini

Elijah Wood

Wiz Khalifia

Eric McCormack

Ken Jeong

WuTang Clan

Talib Kweli

Chris Rock

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Nile Rodgers

Ellen DeGeneres

Joan Collins

Katy Perry

Chelsea Clinton

Tony Goldwyn

Ice T

Ariel Winter

Wendy Williams

Gene Simmons

Rose McGowan

La Toya Jackson

Lori Loughlin

Harry Shum Jr.

Alyssa Milano

Shonda Rhimes

Sophia Bush

Kevin Jonas


Keith Urban

Phillip Phillips

Bella Thorne

Robbie Williams

Le'Veon Bell

Kid Ink

Jen Kirkman

Charlamagne Tha God

Brian Atwood

Gok Wan

Danny Jones

Dana Loesch

Boy George

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