Though he never cut any country tracks as far as we know, stars ranging from Blake Shelton to Brothers Osborne felt the passing of pop, funk, R&B and rock legend Prince on Thursday.
Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Shure, confirmed his death in a statement provided to ABC News.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” the statement reads. “There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
Prince’s Paisley Park Studios and estate are located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, outside of Minneapolis.
The musician’s plane reportedly made an emergency landing early last Friday morning in Moline, Illinois, so that the singer could be rushed to the hospital. He was soon released and returned home to Minnesota, reportedly suffering from the flu.
Here’s how country stars reacted to the news of his passing on social media:
Darius Rucker: “Once again Heaven’s band just got even more incredible. One of my absolute idols #Prince. Thank u for showing me what true GREATNESS is!!”
Blake Shelton: “Dang it… Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..”
Brad Paisley: “Oh no. No no no. Not another! So sad. Rest in peace Prince.”
Kip Moore: “Sad I never saw him live..what an incredible talent. RIP Prince”
Chris Young: “Prince gone at 57… Sad day”
Zac Brown: “Already a bad year for losing musical legends. Gigantic kick to crotch to lose Prince so young. So sad.”
Brett Eldredge: “Damn…lost a legend…thank you Prince for always reminding me to party like 1999″
Parmalee: “RIP Prince! Lost an Icon today! Thx for your musical influence #purplerain”
Brothers Osborne: “Prince?! Damn.”
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