The world has lost a music legend.
"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.'"
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.
And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
Just heard about Prince ....can't believe it ....... - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 21, 2016
A culture pushing icon and creative genius. Rest in peace Prince. pic.twitter.com/vPWCGipU95— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016
Here's to one of the strongest spirits the world has ever known 🌹 We will miss you forever, Prince. pic.twitter.com/vEGAd0HLxS— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) April 21, 2016
Omg..... RIP Prince.... 😨😔😢— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
WHAT!!???? PRINCE!!!????? IS THIS A DREAM!????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We just lost a true artistic PIONEER. Heart broken— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) April 21, 2016
Oh man Prince so sad. His music influenced many generations and will continue to.— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) April 21, 2016
Dang it... Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 21, 2016
"Devastated to hear the news about Prince. An enormous talent that we were all big fans of." - Duran Duran pic.twitter.com/478Q9dVF7K— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 21, 2016
We've lost the greatest artist of my generation. I danced on stage with him when milo was in my belly. Prince, I will forever love you. #RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 21, 2016
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) April 21, 2016
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) April 21, 2016
The greatest live act I ever saw. Genius, poet, sexy mother fucker. RIP Prince.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 21, 2016
U wanna learn what a great song is? Go listen to every fucking song on Purple Rain. Then listen. To Nothing Compares 2 U. RIP Prince. Fuck.— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) April 21, 2016
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today... #RIPPrince— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016
Unbelievable just heard about PRINCE. Strength and light to his family/loved ones. One of my favs and a true pioneering artist. RIP brotha.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016
I was in some magical way blessed with seeing Prince just last week. his last show. It was a legendary performance. A gift I will cherish.— Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) April 21, 2016
prince. ❤️— Harry Connick, Jr. (@HarryConnickJR) April 21, 2016
I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating.— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 21, 2016
In Atlanta now where Prince performed his last show. My heart is shattered. Cannot process. pic.twitter.com/wsA2EM4UAy— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 21, 2016
Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to work with him— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 21, 2016
Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/Lvlls0wiiZ— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 21, 2016
RIP Prince. I've never known all the words to your songs but damn do they make me feel good.— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) April 21, 2016
Rest in Peace to Ours @prince The legend. The legacy. The Classic. The Musician. The life. The instructor......— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) April 21, 2016
R.I. P. #Prince. An exceptional talent! He made an enormous contribution to music.— Carole King (@Carole_King) April 21, 2016
There will be many kings, queens, and princesses, but there will never be another Prince. pic.twitter.com/ofpli2nTVF— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 22, 2016
Rest In Peace Prince.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) April 21, 2016
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
Today is a very sad day. His music rearranged me... he will forever be my #1. pic.twitter.com/EnC5XWUiYt— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 21, 2016
Once, Prince yelled from the stage that I could dance. He was likely yelling to the girl behind me, but it's still my happiest moment. RIP.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) April 21, 2016
I am so devastated by the passing of my good friend Prince.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 21, 2016
My heart is broken. There are no words.— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) April 21, 2016
I love you!
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...
Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time. Haven't loved an artist as long or as consistently as I have Prince. My dream was to one day collaborate with him or play drums for him. He use to come watch #DJAM and I play. Those nights went down as some of my favorite. I taught my kids about him from a very young age and has always stayed a favorite in our family, we even got to see him play a couple times together. Sad day, we lost one of the funkiest and most inspiring artists of our time. One of the greatest guitars players of our time. To me he was truly a musical genius, a true original. Rest in Peace 🙏🏻 #PURPLERAINFOREVER
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
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.