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Celebrities react with anguish to death of Prince at 57

Prince announces his '21 Nights in London' gigs at a press conference on May 8, 2007 in London, England. | Claire Greenway/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Musicians, actors and other celebrities reacted to the death of music great Prince with shock and anguish Thursday. Here are some of the reactions they posted to Twitter or released in statements:

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"And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much." — Katy Perry.

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"#Prince So much LOVE. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My heart is heavy. #RIPPrince." — Arthel Neville.

"RIP Prince. You were the king." — Joel McHale.

"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. 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." — Statement from MTV.

"This (expletive) sucks. Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney." — Demi Lovato.

"Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x." — Robbie Williams.

"Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day." — Ellen DeGeneres.

Contributing: Sun-Times staff reporter Miriam Di Nunzio