NEW YORK, April 22, (Agencies): Madonna mourned fellow 1980s pop icon Prince as a “true visionary” after his sudden death at age 57 on Thursday. “He changed the world!! A true visionary. What a loss. I’m devastated,” Madonna wrote on Instagram, where she posted a picture of herself with the Purple One.
Madonna had a tumultuous relationship with Prince. They briefly dated in the 1980s before a long feud that they had since resolved.
Prince, a legendary guitar player, performed on her 1989 “Like a Prayer” album, with the track “Love Song” recorded at his Paisley Park studio where he died.
Madonna included a lyric from the track in her Instagram post: “This is not a love song.”
With the deaths of Prince and of Michael Jackson in 2009, Madonna — who tours actively — is arguably the biggest of the 1980s superstars to remain alive.
“It’s such a blow. It’s really surreal. It’s just kind of unbelievable. He was definitely an original and a one of a kind. Truly there was only one Prince.” — Aretha Franklin
“My musical brother… My friend… The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone. I am heartbroken.” — Lenny Kravitz
“Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died he was a great great talent … RIP.” — Billy Idol
“I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him.” — Lionel Richie
Meanwhile, musicians, actors and other celebrities react to the death Thursday of music great Prince via interviews, statements and social media:
“Prince, the doves really are crying now.” — Oprah Winfrey.
“The news of Prince’s sudden and unexpected passing is very difficult to process. He was my creative partner and friend. We shared tremendous times together during and after the making of ‘Purple Rain.’ I know his fans are devastated. I know his music meant so very much to so many people. He was a good man, complicated and diligent, and like men of his caliber, he always demanded from himself and others the very best.” — “Purple Rain” filmmaker Albert Magnoli.
“I absolutely have no words at this moment and am in deep shock. This is a devastating loss not just for myself but for all who loved him.” — singer-songwriter Judith Hill.
“Prince’s talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and talented artists of the last 30 years.” — Mick Jagger.
“Prince was peerless as a musician, performer and songwriter. He was clearly one of the all-time greats, always mesmerizing, magical and cutting edge. He was one-of-a-kind in every respect. To know Prince personally was to know someone kind and gentle, phenomenally brilliant and intellectually curious, with every bone in his body loving music. The world of music has tragically lost one of its greatest defining members.” — Clive Davis, chief creative officer at Sony Music.
“He truly is a legend and a hero of mine.” — Celine Dion.
“Prince is gone. Music has lost a great presence. A world less funky. I don’t want to believe it. — Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon.
“Sad to hear Prince has passed away. His iconic music, genius and talent captivated the world. Part of the soundtrack of my life.” — wrestler Steve Austin.
“Rest in peace to a very beautiful soul. Prince, you were an amazing artist and human being. I wish I had the honor of meeting you.” — Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter.
“We lost another one . Can’t wait to hear what Prince and Bowie are working on.” — singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
“I’m not quite sure what to do with myself, but I will miss you forever and always. I love you, my dear kind friend.” — singer Rita Ora.
“I’m completely shocked and devastated by the sudden loss of our brother, artist and friend, Prince. Thank you to all the fans and supporters for your endless love, and for making such big dreams come true.” — Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, former members of Prince and the Revolution.
The greatest live act I ever saw. Genius, poet, sexy.” — actor Russell Crowe.
“Lots of big stars have made waves nationally and internationally, but Prince by far was the most groundbreaking more than anyone … from his music, to his concerts — to even the way he entered a room — always surrounded with that magical air of superstardom, mystique and genius.” — Tommy Mottola, former CEO and chairman of Sony Music.
“Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P. I am crying!” — Boy George.
“Prince got his start in a Minneapolis jazz band and went on to share his talent throughout Minnesota and the entire world. His artistry, innovation and unparalleled presence inspired — and will continue to inspire — millions of people.” — Sen Al Franken of Minnesota.
“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.” — actress-singer Zooey Deschanel.
“Lots of guitars gently weeping today.” — actor-musician Kevin Bacon.
“Running out of living musical heroes, those we measure everything against, emulate, know we won’t surpass but inspire us to try.” — actress-musician Carrie Brownstein.
“I’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death.” — rapper Frank Ocean.
“The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince.” — actress Kathy Bates.
“It was always tough to pinpoint exactly who Prince was — I think that was probably intentional — but even while we’re still processing the news and remembering the enormity of his legacy, I think it’s clear to remember what he was: a once-in-a-lifetime artist whose music touched all of us and will be missed dearly by everyone around the world.” — Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group.
“A shock to read Prince has died. He was so magnificent at the Super Bowl that I was privileged to perform the National Anthem in sign.” — actress Marlee Matlin.
“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.” — actress Olivia Wilde.
“I was a fan of his music. It’s cool that somebody like that can leave such a huge legacy and such a huge impact on people.” — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
“I miss my brother. Prince was a funny cat.” — filmmaker Spike Lee.
“In a world of creative performers, Prince was a genius. His impact not just on music, but on culture, truley can’t be measured. His songs inspired me throughout my career and remind me of so many moments from my life” — retired NBA star Michael Jordan.
“I never saw him raise his voice. It was amazing (at a concert) to watch him go from soft-spoken, with almost a serenity about him, to this guy who did a guitar break in the first song.” Producer Ken Ehrlich.
“Him and Michael (Jackson) were my two guys. To lose them both this early is just crazy to me. Growing up, it was Prince or Michael. Sometimes you had to take sides when you were a kid. My favorite song is ‘Adore.’” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
“Nothing compares 2 U. Goodnight Sweet Prince.” Guillermo del Toro.
“I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince.” Ronnie Wood.
“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.
“Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones.” Chelsea Clinton.
“Stunned. This can’t be real.” Justin Timberlake.
“R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon.” Shaquille O’Neal.
Dang it… Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day….” Blake Shelton.
“Rest in power, Prince.” Russell Simmons.
“I’m in shock #Prince.” Mark Cuban.
“Shocked that @prince has died at only 57. Such a talent to have died so young #RIPPrince.” Joan Collins.
“So sad to hear about the loss of Prince today. #RIP #legend #purplerain.” Kris Jenner.
“This is what it sounds like when doves cry … Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all.” Whoopi Goldberg.
“And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much.” Katy Perry.
“What a sad day today! Terribly sorry to hear that #Prince has passed! What an incredible talent.” La Toya Jackson.
“Oh My God! The musical genius of my generation has gone on to glory. Heaven has a new musical director with #Prince.” Star Jones.
“No matter what he asked us to call him, Prince was a force. Genius in the studio. Brilliant onstage. And a 4-star movie. #PurpleRain.” Richard Roeper.
I am stunned to hear about #Prince, a huge part of my record collection and the sound of my 20s. A rare kinda brilliance. RIP.” Eric McCormack.
“I can’t. I just can not. #Prince” – Shonda Rhimes.
“PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. – Gene Simmons.
“This sucks. Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney.” – Demi Lovato.
“RIP to one the greatest to ever hit the stage #Prince. We are all going to cry purple tears today. #Legend.” – Tito Jackson.