Shock greeted word of the Minnesota death of Prince, whose legend and legacy was being noted within seconds of the breaking news.

Prince. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Some took note of the “Purple Rain” creator passing on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.

Others mourned Prince, 57, with the same adoration as Michael Jackson and other pop stars leaving the stage before their time.

“Like… Straight up. Not even being funny. Prince was supposed to be immortal,” said one commenter on Twitter.

Raw feelings in the wake of Prince Rogers Nelson’s death:

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