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From Spike Lee to the Backstreet Boys: Artists react to Prince's death

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

By Karen Butler
From Spike Lee to the Backstreet Boys: Artists react to Prince's death
Prince, 2004 Hall of Fame inductee, performs at the induction ceremonies. He was found dead Thursday at age 57. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI | License Photo

MINNEAPOLIS, April 21 (UPI) -- Prince's fellow artists are taking to social media to pay tribute to the beloved pop-music icon who died Thursday at the age of 57.

"The Purple Rain" and "Raspberry Beret" singer died on his Minnesota estate. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed, however he was briefly hospitalized last week after battling flu-like symptoms.

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"His Purple Badness. LOVE," auteur Spike Lee said on Instagram, along with the cover art from Prince's ground-breaking Purple Rain album.

"This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all," observed comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

"no one, no one, no one like Prince. Incomparable," said actor Michael Keaton.

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

"Dearly beloved... We are here to celebrate this thing called life.". You were my hero. I am destroyed. This is surely what it sounds like when doves cry... RIP my Prince..." filmmaker Adam Shankman posted.

"This is so heartbreaking I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P," said recording artist Missy Elliott.

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"I was so busy an hour ago and now I.... Prince was so kind to me once. He was so kind. He was so talented. He was everything. A Legend," reflected actress Gabourey Sidibe.

#RIPPrince, the world was lucky to have an artist like you," added the Backstreet Boys.

"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," tweeted actress Olivia Wilde.

"Purple Rain, become Purple tears. One more legend that says goodbye... RIP Prince," said actor Antonio Banderas.

"Say it isn't so," posted comedian Chris Rock.

The entertainment world has already mourned in 2016 the loss of comedian Garry Shandling, music superstar David Bowie, actor Alan Rickman, actress Doris Roberts and wrestler Chyna.

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