Musicians, actors and celebrities react to news of Prince's death

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Fellow musicians, performers and celebrities reacted on Twitter to Prince's death Thursday with heartfelt condolences and personal memories of the music legend:

"I was so shocked and heart broken to hear about the loss of my mentor, Prince. 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."" — Carmen Electra, to Fox411.

"Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince." — President Barack Obama, in a White House statement.

"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.

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    The greatest live act I ever saw. Genius, poet, sexy (expletive). RIP Prince." — Russell Crowe.

    "Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!" — Boy George.

    "Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones." — Chelsea Clinton.

    "So many emotions today. My heart dances in honor of a legend RIP Prince." — Gina Rodriguez.

    "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.

    "Stunned. This can't be real." — Justin Timberlake.

    "R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon." — Shaquille O'Neal.

    "Lots of guitars gently weeping today #Prince #RIP." — Kevin Bacon.

    "Running out of living musical heroes, those we measure everything against, emulate, know we won't surpass but inspire us to try. #prince." — Carrie Brownstein.

    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.

    "The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince." — Kathy Bates.

    "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. RIP. — Marlee Matlin.

    "RIP Prince. You were the king." — Joel McHale.

    "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.

    "Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations." — Statement from MTV.

    "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 (expletive) sucks. Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney." — Demi Lovato.

    "Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x." — Robbie Williams.

    "I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor." — Spike Lee.

    "Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day." — Ellen DeGeneres.

    "RIP to one the greatest to ever hit the stage #Prince. We are all going to cry purple tears today. #Legend." — Tito Jackson.

    Fox411's Diana Falzone and the Associated Press contributed to this report.