Justin Timberlake On Prince’s Death: “We Have Lost Our Greatest Living Musician”
As Gossip Cop reported, it was confirmed around midday that Prince had died at his Minnesota home. No cause of death has been released. But in the short time that has passed, the Internet has been flooded with moving reactions and dedications in the music icon’s honor.
Timberlake at first seemed unable to process the devastating news, tweeting, “Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.” But he returned to social media about 45 minutes later to share a beautiful tribute on Instagram. The singer began, “It was ‘Raspberry Beret.’ I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. ‘Mommy, who is that singing?’ Seems weird but it’s true.”
More than a ‘once in a lifetime’ artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST,” Timberlake continued. “I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable.
Timberlake went on, “They say don’t meet your idols… That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music… It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”
“I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die,” Timberlake concluded, ending his post with, “Prince, NOTHING COMPARES… #RIPPrince.”