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Prince dead: Celebrities react to iconic musician's passing

Celebrities mourned the loss of Prince, who was found dead in Minnesota on April 21, 2016.

The iconic musician, who was 57 years old, was found dead at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

Tributes and messages of disbelief immediately started to flood social media.

See how celebrities remembered the legend.

President Barack Obama

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"'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said--and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative," President Barack Obama tweeted.

Will Smith

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"I am stunned and heartbroken," Will Smith said on Facebook. "I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth."

Madonna

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"He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song," Madonna tweeted.

Justin Timberlake

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"Numb. Stunned. This can't be real," musician Justin Timberlake tweeted.

Katy Perry

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"And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic," pop star Katy Perry tweeted. "Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much..."

Ellen DeGeneres

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"Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day," talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted.

Spike Lee

Film director Spike Lee said on Twitter,
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Film director Spike Lee said on Twitter, "I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor."

Boy George

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"Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!" Boy George tweeted.

Demi Lovato

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"This [expletive] sucks... Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney," singer Demi Lovato tweeted.

Billy Idol

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"Oh my god I can't believe that Prince has died...he was a great great talent...RIP," musician Billy Idol tweeted.

Rob Lowe

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"The word genius is overused. Prince, however, was a super-genius. Prolific and visionary. And always a sweetheart. Soundtrack of my life," actor Rob Lowe tweeted.

Wyclef Jean

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"R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people," Wyclef Jean tweeted.

Zendaya

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"Prince....there's no way," musician Zendaya tweeted.

Nick Jonas

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"One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today... #RIPPrince," singer and musician Nick Jonas wrote on Twitter.

Katie Couric

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"So sad to hear about this terrible loss, Prince was a visionary musician and artist," anchor Katie Couric tweeted.

Robin Roberts

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"Incredibly sad...thinking of his family, friends and fans. Prince was musical royalty...may he RIP," Robin Roberts, "Good Morning America" anchor, tweeted.

Jake Johnson

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"Meeting big stars is mostly disappointing in one way or another, but that was not the case w Prince. He was everything I hoped he'd be," actor Jake Johnson tweeted.

Tegan and Sara

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"Prince wrote some of my most favorite songs. May he rest in peace wearing an amazing jumpsuit with plenty of doves to keep him company," the Canadian pop duo tweeted on Thursday.

Elijah Wood

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"Can't even process this. There will never be another. Thank you for everything, Prince Rogers Nelson," actor Elijah Wood tweeted.

Lance Bass

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"Prince??!!??!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!" Lance Bass tweeted.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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"Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted:

"Dearly beloved

We are gathered here today

2 get through this thing called Life..."

-Prince"

He then added, "Gutted. Mourning with you."

Carole King

Singer Carole King wrote on Twitter,
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Singer Carole King wrote on Twitter, "R.I. P. #Prince. An exceptional talent! He made an enormous contribution to music."

Gene Simmons

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"PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans," Gene Simmons tweeted.

Laverne Cox

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"I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating," actress Laverne Cox tweeted.

Ariel Winter

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"So sad to hear about Prince- We've not only lost an incredible talent but we've lost a legend," actress Ariel Winter tweeted.

La Toya Jackson

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"We've just lost an incredible talent! So sorry to hear about #Prince we will always love your music forever and ever! #RIPPrince," La Toya Jackson tweeted.

Magic Johnson

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"When you went to a Prince concert, he had you partying until you couldn't party any more," NBA star Magic Johnson tweeted.

Peter Rosenberg

Peter Rosenberg, Hot 97 DJ, tweeted,
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Peter Rosenberg, Hot 97 DJ, tweeted, "If someone had said in 1988 that we would live in a world without MJ, Bowie, and Prince -- I would not have understood ..."

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Only now do we know what it sounds like When Doves Cry -- the absence of music from loss of The Artist. RIP Prince (1958-2016)," Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted.

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