The hugely popular singer, songwriter, and all-around musical superstar, Prince has been founddead at his Paisley Park estate. Police were called to the property early on Thursday morning, where the 57-year-old musician's body was found in a lift. Since the news broke, fans from around the country haveflocked to the estate. Meanwhile, tributes from Celebritiesin every partof showbiz—andthe President of the United States—have flooded in.

The loss of a magical musician

A spokeswoman for the singer has confirmed that he is in fact deceased, adding "there are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

The local Sheriff's Department have released a statement which gives a little more insight into what happened on Thursday morning.

Responding to a medical call just before 10am, deputies discoveredan unresponsive adult male inside a lift. Despite attempts to resuscitate the artist he was pronounced dead at 10:07.

Tributes to a revolutionary artist

Prince's name has been intimately linkedwith cutting-edge music since the late seventies,and his work has entertained and inspired the masses for decades. A quick look at his awards history is all the evidence needed to see the influencePrince had on music; seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.Rolling Stonealso listed Prince as 27th inits 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

His fusion of genres and styles, his experimentation, and his knack for writing sexually charged lyrics have ensured that Prince's legacy will live on long after he has gone—and the words of support from celebrities across the globe are a fitting tribute to the singer's talent.

  • "Say it isn't so." - Chris Rock
  • "Today is the worst day ever. Prince RIP I am crying!" - Boy George
  • "Numb. Stunned. This can't be real." - Justin Timberlake

To truly understand the scale of the effect that Prince had on his industry, one only needs to look on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all become a shrine to the legendary star.

Celebrities and ordinary folk alike are in deep mourning today, and they will be for a long time to come.

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