BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesReaction to the death of Prince on Thursday morning was swift among members of the music community. Here are some tributes and homages to the multitalented entertainer that a slew of well-known veteran artists posted on their social media sites:

Paul McCartney tweeted that he was “[s]addened by Prince’s death,” and noted that he was proud that he had “seen in the New Year with him.” Sir Paul also wrote, “He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music.” In a separate message, McCartney added, “God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul.”

The Beach BoysBrian Wilson: “I’m shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy.”

The Rolling StonesMick Jagger: “I am so saddened to hear of Prince’s passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. He was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood: “I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince.”

The Who‘s Pete Townshend: “Goodbye sweet Prince. Pure, certified genius at the highest level. Too soon.”

Elton John: “This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior.”

Madonna:He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated.”

Aretha Franklin told ABC News, “He was his own artist and many other artists looked up to him as a musician and singer, and writer as well; and producer.”

Lionel Richie: “I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him.”

The Jacksons: “Doves will cry tonight. We celebrate you brother and this thing called Life. Godspeed to the great Afterparty.”

Patti LaBelle: “I am deeply saddened by Prince’s untimely passing. Not only was he a dear friend to me, but an inspiration. His talent, artistry and influence and unparalleled and there will never be another like Prince! The world has suffered a great loss! May he rest in everlasting peace.”

Barbra Streisand: “So sad to hear of his passing.”

Richard Marx: “Can’t believe this one. So sad. RIP #Prince. You changed everything.”

Nile Rodgers: “RIP our dearly beloved #Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus….I’ll never forget my brother. We’ve had #good times.”

Duran Duran: “Devastated to hear the news about Prince. An enormous talent that we were all big fans of.”

KISSGene Simmons: “PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Sheena Easton: “It is impossible to imagine him not being here. The world of music was forever changed the day he picked up his guitar. His talent was breathtaking, his heart was kind, and all of us have been blessed to have had a glimpse into this sweet and magical soul.”

E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren: “Utterly gutted and devastated by the passing of the Genius that is #Prince . RIP comrade.”

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