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Local music lovers react to Prince's death

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Music lovers across the world stunned Thursday after learning of the untimely death of pop-icon Prince.

His publicist says he was found dead at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis Thursday morning. He had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for around week - after his last concert in Atlanta.

Hundreds have gathered outside his home to grieve his death. Shocked, stunned, whatever you'd like to call it, millions are feeling the impact of the loss of a music legend Thursday night.

Prince rose to fame in the late '70's and was probably most popular in the '80s and early '90s, with hits such as “Little Red Corvette”, “Purple Rain” and "When Doves Cry”.

He sold hundreds of millions of albums worldwide, winning multiple Grammy awards along with a Golden Globe and Academy Award.

While he has been celebrated as an artist, his style and individuality has influenced artists to this day. Something local radio DJ's say completely changed the music landscape as we know it.

"You don't ever think that the biggest stars are going to go, and that there going to go that young at 57. The impact, you think about musicians who are now around. What would they sound like now if Prince hadn't come along? Probably a whole lot different,” said Marc Robertson, 98.7 The River.

"If there was no Prince, we would not have The Weeknd. We would not have Justin Timberlake. We would not have Beyonce,” said Jonathan Reed, 97.3 KISS-FM.

Since news of Prince's death Thursday afternoon, millions have posted tributes online on social media and his sales of his music have surged to the top of the charts on iTunes and other digital marketplaces.

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