Internet explodes with shock, grief following Prince’s death

Singer Prince and actress Penelope Cruz sit in the audience, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Beverly Hills as the City of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee honored Gianni Versace and his sister Donatella Versace for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award. Versace, founded in 1978 by Gianni Versace, is one of the leading international fashion design houses and a symbol of Italian luxury worldwide. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (MEDIA GENERAL) — Pop music superstar Prince died at his home in suburban Minneapolis Thursday. He was 57.

Prince broke through in the late 1970s with “Wanna Be Your Lover” and soared with albums “1999” and “Purple Rain.” He was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era.

Following the news of his death, fans and stars alike quickly took to social media to express their shock and disbelief but also remember the music icon.

I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor.

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