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Stars react to Prince's death: 'A world less funky. I don't want to believe it'

Reaction to Prince's death Thursday at age 57 welled up almost instantly as word began to spread: Please, don't let it be true.

Then confirmation came, and the breadth of Prince's appeal was reflected in the diverse scope of famous folks expressing their sadness.

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It was more than the usual "RIP": Oprah Winfrey was listening to his music. Justin Timberlake was numb. Mariah Carey would never get over it. Spike Lee missed his brother, "a funny cat," and Boy George declared it the worst day ever. Chelsea Clinton offered up thoughts and prayers to the family, and Neil deGrasse Tyson said: "Only now do we know what it sounds like When Doves Cry — the absence of music from loss of The Artist."

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It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. 'Mommy, who is that singing?' Seems weird but it's true.

Justin Timberlake

At a time when the world was all about Michael Jackson I secretly always dug Prince a little more.

Dane Cook

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"The funk oozing out of you was un-controllable," said Rita Ora, 24, who collaborated with Prince last year. "I'm not quite sure what to do with myself but I will miss you forever and always."

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"Lots of big stars have made waves nationally and internationally, but Prince by far was the most groundbreaking more than anyone ... even the way he entered a room, always surrounded with that magical air of superstardom, mystique, and genius," music producer Tommy Mottola said in a statement.

"Bringing together film and music with 'Purple Rain' was a glimpse into the future of not only the music industry, but the entire media and entertainment industry. When you saw Prince, you never knew what you were going to get, but you always knew it was going to be greatness and something spectacular."

 

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If music is the language of the heavens consider that brother Prince now has the glorious opportunity to be on a musical tour for eternity.

Iyanla Vanzant, TV personality and inspirational speaker

Now Prince. I loathe 2016.

director Guillermo Del Toro

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I never take for granted that those who make the impossible look easy are, in fact, paying a price. RIP Prince.

actor Donal Logue

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