Hollywood is crying purple tears as news broke Thursday of Prince’s passing.
The iconic musician died at his Paisley Park estate in his native Minnesota at the age of 57, and actors, singers, models and more artists across generations shared their grief on social media.
“This is what it sounds like when doves cry,” Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, quoting the lead single from the funk legend’s 1984 album Purple Rain.
Justin Timberlake posted a lengthy message remembering how he became inspired by Raspberry Beret at just 4 years old.
“They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest(yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him,” he wrote. “It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die.”
Meanwhile, director and choreographer Adam Shankman recalled starting his career as an extra in the movie Purple Rain.
“His genius made me whole,” he tweeted.
See more celebrities’ tweets and Instagrams honoring Prince below:
Celebrities remember the iconic musician