Legendary funk master Prince's sudden death came just a week after the enigmatic Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to a hospital with a flu-like illness.
The news prompted a flood of tributes from the worlds of entertainment and politics, from Barack Obama to Madonna and Mick Jagger, as well as ordinary fans -- and even a tweet from NASA of a purple nebula, in Prince's signature color.
Prince was a master rebel. He rebelled against all social norms related to music, gender, and style and brought his unique brand of performance with every song. Perhaps this famous story of the time visited the MTV office best describes Prince's persona.
In 1993, he visited the office of the music channel that is touted to have grown with Prince's legacy. There was no real agenda behind his visit; a feat uncommon of music stars of the time. When Judy McGrath, the then CEO of MTV networks, asked him "What should we call you?" (after he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol at the time) he said, "call me what I am."
And so, while the world grieves, and Prince's guitar gently weeps, Twitterati was flooded with tributes, sad emojis and hundreds and thousands of quotable Prince quotes:
No April Fool's joke, this
damn prince really died.
— Lil Kolby (@KolbyDelce) April 22, 2016
To the bar across the road: truce. Play Prince all night as loud as you want.
— Toa Fraser (@ToaFraser) April 22, 2016
— Tara Skurtu (@TaraSkurtu) April 22, 2016
Y do v scream at each other…this is wot it sounds like when doves cry.Memories entwined in his songs. RIP Purple 1 formerly known as Prince
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 21, 2016
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) April 22, 2016
I'm moved by this love for a great artist. #PRINCE His music.His style.I'm listening to his records. Vinyl. Hearing is music as he intended.
— Lee Pace (@leepace) April 22, 2016
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) April 21, 2016
I'm not kidding, I taught my son 'Arms Of Orion' on the piano yesterday... Talk about a man who ACTUALLY empowered women #Prince
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) April 21, 2016
— max greenfield (@iamgreenfield) April 21, 2016
Legendary Prince is dead!! How tragic! #soundtrackofmylife
— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) April 21, 2016
WHAT!!???? PRINCE!!!????? IS THIS A DREAM!????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We just lost a true artistic PIONEER. Heart broken
— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) April 21, 2016
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016
Unbelievable just heard about PRINCE. Strength and light to his family/loved ones. One of my favs and a true pioneering artist. RIP brotha.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016
Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016
i can't believe what's happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I'm dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 21, 2016
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P.
Condolences to his family & 2 us all
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 21, 2016
How the world is coping
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) April 22, 2016
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) April 22, 2016
— Richard Madan (@RichardMadan) April 22, 2016
— Brad Tatum (@BradTatum) April 22, 2016
— sammy khamis (@Sammysmsm) April 22, 2016
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 22, 2016
— MarieFranceRemillard (@MFRemillard) April 21, 2016
— PrisonReformMovement (@PrisonReformMvt) April 21, 2016
— ZEPHANIAH (@ZephaniahShow) April 21, 2016
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) April 21, 2016