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The world pays tribute to Prince: President Obama, Questlove, Justin Timberlake, more react to his passing

on April 21, 2016, 4:55pm

Earlier today, the world lost one of its best, most legendary artists in Prince. The High Priest of Pop was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park Estate in Chanhassen, Minnesosta, and shortly after, was pronounced dead at just 57 years of age.

Musicians and celebrities worldwide, across genres and generations, immediately reacted to his passing with tributes conveying deep sadness and genuine shock, as well as sincere gratitude for all the ways in which Prince impacted their lives.

Among those musicians who’ve tearfully bid their farewell: Questlove, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Frank OceanChance the Rapper, Jack White, Nile Rodgers, CHVRCHES, Atmosphere, Missy Elliott, The Mountain Goats, Brian Wilson, and Florence Welch. Within the film/TV world, Don Cheadle, Michael Keaton, Spike Lee, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, offered up words of their own. President Barack Obama also posted a message on Facebook in Prince’s honor, calling him a “creative icon.”

Check out all the tributes below.

President Barack Obama:


Justin Timberlake:

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It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince

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Chance the Rapper:

Jack White / Third Man Records:

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We will miss you so deeply.

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Frank Ocean:

Killer Mike:



Nile Rodgers:

Flying Lotus:


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☔️ RIP Prince 💔

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Wu-Tang Clan:

Donnie Trumpet:


Katy Perry:




Owen Pallett:

Delta Spirit:

Neko Case:

Carole King:

Death from Above 1979:

Angel Haze:

Talib Kweli:


Duff McKagan:


The Mountain Goats:

Ronnie Wood:

Wyclef Jean:

Justin Vernon:

Russell Simmons:

The National’s Aaron Dessner:

“Weird Al” Yankovic:

Tom Morello:

Zola Jesus:

Krist Novoselic: 

Brian Wilson:

Missy Elliott:

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Kings of Leon:

Florence Welch:


Stevie Van Zandt:

Billy Idol:

Stevie Nicks:

Black Thought:



Andrew W.K.:

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Samuel L. Jackson:

Spike Lee:

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Sign Of The Times. Hell Yeah, Shit Is Fucked Up Big Time.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

Elijah Wood:

Sarah Silverman:

Patricia Arquette:

Zane Lowe:

Chelsea Clinton:

Dane Cook:

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Prince was my favorite musician and Purple Rain is my favorite album. At a time when the world was all about Michael Jackson I secretly always dug Prince a little more. I think because he was a showman, genius musician and lyricist but mainly because he wasn't afraid to be raw, sexual and completely unique with his vision. I'm totally shocked this man is dead at 57 when he should have been doing this for decades to come. We've all been robbed by his passing. The last time I saw him was at the forum a couple years back and it's the best show I've ever seen. He was so next level that I remember thinking that no one could touch his musical abilities at that moment. My friend Al and I got to go to the after party and meet Prince and hang at his place where he played a private party there might have been 100 of us and I stood front and center watching Prince play guitar like he was being fast forwarded. Stevie Wonder then came out and they did many numbers together. It was a special night. I am gonna miss Prince. Purple Rain on repeat all week and beyond. #mayulive2cthedawn

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Alyssa Milano:

Olivia Munn:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:

Patton Oswalt:

Chris Rock:

Michael Keaton:

Don Cheadle:

Kevin Smith: