Music legend Prince was found dead at his Minnesota estate and recording studio on Thursday. He was 57. Apart from news that Prince’s private plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to an extreme illness last week, news of his death was unexpected and sent shockwaves rippling through all corners of American culture. Many influential women took to Twitter to express their surprise and grief at the sad news of Prince’s death. Of course, many of the women paying tribute on Twitter, like Missy Elliott, Courtney Love and Kerry Washington, are from the music and entertainment industries, but some influential women far-removed from the music world, like Cecile Richards and Chelsea Clinton chimed in to pay their respects to the songwriter and impresario. Below are some of the women we noticed posted their sympathies on Twitter.
Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to work with him
— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 21, 2016
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) April 21, 2016
an artist who showed true creative freedom and challenged all barriers. rip, beautiful. https://t.co/ewwoACle5Y
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 21, 2016
Numb, full of pain for his royal badness has been snatched from us today . #ripprince
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) April 21, 2016
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
This is so heartbreaking???? I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P???? pic.twitter.com/60msa6hm3I
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 21, 2016
I am really not right over this. RIP #Prince this is devastating.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 21, 2016
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) April 21, 2016
Prince….there's no way
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 21, 2016
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) April 21, 2016
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 21, 2016
So sad to hear about this terrible loss, Prince was a visionary musician and artist.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) 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
Please no! Some one please tell me it isn't true #PRINCEWILLNEVERDIE
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) April 21, 2016
Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones. https://t.co/JT52sKlJBJ
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 21, 2016
So sad the world lost @Prince today. Such a phenomenal talent, gone far too soon.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) April 21, 2016
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 21, 2016