Prince dies, the world mourns a genius

Musical legend Prince Rogers Nelson has passed from this world. A timeless artist and entertainer, Prince was known by many names. The Kid. The Purple One. Jamie Starr, Alexander Nevermind, and the notorious Artist Formerly Known As Prince. He was also known by his Love Symbol – a name without a name. His death occurred approximately 57 years after his birth, both having occurred in his home state of Minnesota. Until his dying day he played music, and his epic archives will continue to satisfy the masses for all time.

Below you'll find a sampling of public mourning for the legend of funk and the Minneapolis Sound. Prince, the romantic, the comedian, the guitar player – his influence will ripple through the generations.

Each of these quotes has been captured from Twitter or other social media sources – if you find yourself in this article and wish to remain anonymous, please let us know. If you find any other fitting tributes, by all means, please share them.

"Prince was a true innovator and a singular artist. His music and influence will live on for generations. Rest in peace." – Tim Cook

"It got back to me that Prince had seen the dumb tweets from this account and thought they were funny. I will miss him terribly." – @PrinceTweets2U

"Take heart yall—woodstock in heaven this year #‎RIPPrince‬" – Eric Helmin

For those of you looking for Prince's music online right now, head over to TheCurrent for a Prince Tribute. That's The Current radio station from Minneapolis, MN.

The photo above should be credited as follows: UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo of Prince Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

"Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. 'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said — and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him." – Barack Obama

"'The sky was all purple' RIP #Prince" – Philip Schiller

"My kid once overheard me tell his dad I'd leave him for Prince. Kid burst into tears. I crouched down, kissed him & whispered "it's true"" – Ande Wall

Another fitting tribute can be found in the video you'll see below – shared by Infinitree Media, showing the remodel of Paisley Park for a gala event "Paisley Park After Dark." This was done several months ago, but the tone is right for the moment.

"Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Prince. The music world will miss his prolific genius." – Weird Al Yankovic

"Musician, Performer, Provocateur, Writer, Director, Intellectual, Activast and the Royality of Inherent Genius." – Will McCrabb

"Prince was a great role model for my generation. Be yourself. Work hard. Be weird if you want. Do your own thing, no matter what." – Scott Weinberg

I suggest you also have a peek at this EPIC full concert captured on the 30th of January, 1982 at the Capitol Theatre, NJ. Thank you Prince on MV!

"Prince was an alien who could shred, or make you cry, with the same graceful ease as one turns on a light in the dark. I can't believe this. ... Take him with you, y'all" – Dylan C. Lathrop

"Heartbroken over the loss of Prince. Going to dance that much harder to his iconic music for eternity." – Dana Cowley

"2016: The year the music died :( " – Tim Stevens

"But life is just a party / and parties weren't meant 2 last" – Garry Whitta (quoting Prince)

"It's not just that today's songs sound like Prince songs. Production works in ways he pioneered. Distribution happens as he predicted. // And of course, your favorite artist is probably a Prince fan, too. Everybody found something that spoke to them in his work." – Anil Dash

"Who will you pray to when you normally pray to Prince? RIP to my hometown hero." – Sarah Kissell

"Rest in peace and power Prince." – First Ave

Above you're seeing Prince's star at First Ave, the danceteria in which Purple Rain was filmed.

Confirmation of Prince's death comes from his publicist, who shared: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57" this afternoon.

Prince spoke in a language the whole world could understand. He surpassed all limitations, temporal, creative, and generational.

As a Minnesota native, I will personally forever regret having never seen the master live, in his home environment, on stage and with a guitar strapped to his side. I'll have instead the memories of the many concerts I did attend at First Ave, where his spirit has always and will always reside, like a violet-toned aura.

Bless you, Prince, and thank you.