Iconic guitarist and musician Prince unexpectedly passed away earlier today, April 21, at the age of 57. The news comes as a shock to fans of the prolific artist, whose genre-bending music inspired countless musicians since he first rose to fame in the late 1970s.
Known for his signature style and incredible songbook of hits like "Little Red Corvette" and "Purple Rain," Prince made a huge impact on musicians across many genres. As the news of his death broke, some of country music's biggest stars took to their social media accounts to share their memories and condolences for the legendary entertainer.
Dang it... Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 21, 2016
There's no one I'm aware of who makes music- in any genre- who wasn't an admirer of Prince. An incredible songwriter.
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) April 21, 2016
Oh no. No no no. Not another! So sad. Rest in peace Prince.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 21, 2016
Just heard the news. Another legend lost. Prince left an everlasting mark on music & the world. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/Iq2l8w4r8q
— Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) April 21, 2016
Prince gone at 57... Sad day
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 21, 2016
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) April 21, 2016
Goodnight, sweet Prince. ❤️
— Clare Bowen (@clarembee) April 21, 2016
Musician, singer, songwriter- Prince was likely the greatest triple threat of all time. Nobody was ever more gifted.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 21, 2016
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 21, 2016
I'm stunned & so saddened to hear about the passing of Prince. He changed it all!!!! The true definition of talent!! pic.twitter.com/Ni17GvPu67
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 21, 2016
Once again Heaven's band just got even more incredible. One of my absolute idols #Prince. Thank u for showing me what true GREATNESS is!!
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) April 21, 2016
Are you serious?! Is he really gone?! #prince
— JT Hodges (@HelloJTHodges) April 21, 2016
Sad I never saw him live..what an incredible talent. RIP Prince
— Kip Moore (@KipMooreMusic) April 21, 2016
PRINCE DIED! Noooooooo
— Jimmy Wayne (@JimmyWayne) April 21, 2016