Celebs React to Prince's Death: Read Touching Tributes From Carmen Electra, Katy Perry, Madonna and More

by Antoinette Bueno 3:00 PM PDT, April 21, 2016
Playing Celebs React to Prince's Death: Read Touching Tributes From Carmen Electra, Katy Perry, Madonna and More

The world has lost a music legend.

Prince has died at 57, his rep confirmed to ET on Thursday, though his cause of death was not immediately clear.

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"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," his publicist said in a statement to ET. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Prince helped launch Carmen Electra's career, even gracing her with the moniker Carmen in place of her real name, Tara Leigh Patrick. She released a statement to ET about the difficult lost of her longtime friend.

"I was so shocked and heart broken to hear about the loss of my mentor, Prince," she said. "The world has lost a truly incredible spirit and musical genius. What a blessing it is to be one of the chosen ones who had the chance to work so closely with him. He gave me my name, he believed in me, and he has inspired an entire generation. I will always love him... 'Sometimes It Snows In April.'"

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Singer Toni Braxton also looked back on the storied yet private life of her dear friend and confidant. "Throughout the years, and all of my crises, Prince was always there for me," she told ET in a statement. "During my bankruptcy, he asked me to go on the road with him. When I made the decision to retire, he called me and told me that I had a gift and that I could not stop now. He was like my big brother, always looking out for me. No other artist has meant as much to me as he did."

"He was always there for me giving me his support. I will miss him so much," she added. "He was as special of a friend as he was a brilliant talent. My condolences to his family. Good night, sweet Prince."

Many more celebs have taken to social media to mourn the iconic singer. Read their reactions, below.

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He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated.πŸ¦„ This is Not A Love Song.

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The music of #Prince was essentially the soundtrack to my life. My first girlfriend introduced me to his work, so any teenage heavy petting session was scored by the lusty purple pipes of his Royal Badness. #1999 and #PurpleRain were some of the first albums I ever bought. In 1989, his #Batman soundtrack never left my rack system. When we made #Clerks in 1993, the Love Symbol album was on a constant loop in my car's cassette player. @samosier & I were almost killed on the Turnpike in the pouring rain when our car momentarily slid under an 18-wheeler as we were funking out to 'My Name Is Prince' (we sang only 'The Morning Papers' for the rest of the way home). My wife & I flew to Minnesota for the Rave Un2 the Y2K concert at #PaisleyPark at the turn of the century, solely as fans. Less than a year later, I'd meet and work with the icon himself when I returned to Paisley Park to shoot a documentary with Prince during his Rainbow Children album listening party. I was lucky to have spent any time with him at all but I was far luckier just simply being alive in the Prince era. His music moved me, his lyrics captured my imagination, his journey from musical Minnesotan to worldwide superstar inspired me. I honestly thought I'd die before Prince - so it's sad to think there will be no new music in which he could sing us his point-of-view on the rest of his unique and legendary life. But having spent time at Paisley Park with the prolific Prince, I know there's a vault full of unreleased tracks we've still yet to hear. I told a long story about my week-long experience of working with Prince on the first Evening with Kevin Smith DVD - a story that would go on to help solidify my reputation outside of filmmaking as a raconteur. So as much as I got from Prince as a fan of good music, he also helped to shape ol' Silent Bob's second career as a talker. I cried today because I realized what a role model Prince always was to me: an Artist with a capital A who was not afraid to bite the hand that fed, never hesitated to reinvent himself, and was always entertaining on any stage. Today we lost one of the greatest Artists who ever lived. RIP, purple genius. Nothing compared 2 U...

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RIP Prince! Condolences to his family, friends and fans #ripprince

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πŸ™πŸ½ RIP Prince

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Justin Timberlake also took to social media to mourn Prince's death. Hear more about his heartfelt tribute to the music icon in the video below.