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April 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Reports of Prince’s death hit suddenly Thursday afternoon. The news took fans off-guard, and celebrities were just as shocked as everyone else.

Collaborators, friends, and fellow musicians mourned the funk legend on social media, praising his expansive, experimental talent. See the tributes below.

GALLERY: Prince’s Life in Pictures

“MTV is heartbroken and in utter disbelief at the news that the world has lost Prince Rogers Nelson so suddenly and so before his time,” MTV representatives said in a statement. “Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcended every medium and genre he touched and created music with a passion and individuality that inspired multiple generations. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans.”

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