The irreplacable, funk-rock god Prince passed away at his Paisley Park Studios the age of 57 on April 21. Usually, when a music legend passes, it’s those within the music world who react. But in a select few cases — too many of which have come in 2016 — the entire world grieves. Such is the case with The Purple One, who was instantly mourned on Twitter.
But before that could happen, people had to accept that he had died. It was hard for people to think that an artist as otherworldly as Prince was subject to the same mortality as the rest of us.
Once realization dawned that Prince was gone, people began sharing their favorite memories, songs and images of the oddball superstar.
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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
Others simply shared their condolences:
Mick Jagger went deep:
And many of Prince’s fellow Minnesotans wished him well:
The Rev. Al Sharpton revealed that Prince had a humanitarian side (as anyone who heard “Baltimore” might have guessed):