Celebrities React to Prince's Death on Social Media

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

ByABC News
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