Justin Timberlake on Prince: Star Writes Heartbreaking Tribute to His Idol

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Today, we lost legendary music icon Prince, who was found dead in his Minnesota home at age 57.

While many stars have taken to social media to express their grief, Justin Timberlake wrote the most moving and heart-wrenching tribute to commemorate the loss of who he called "our greatest living musician."

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When Timberlake first learned of the news, his initial words on Twitter were brief.

"Numb. Stunned. This can't be real," he wrote.

But after gathering his thoughts, the "Suit & Tie" singer took to Instagram and expressed them beautifully alongside a silhouette of Prince.

In the post, he remembers falling in love at first sound with Prince at the young age of four after hearing "Raspberry Beret." 

JT goes on to reveal that his idol had a tremendous influence on his own music, confessing "He's somewhere within every song I've ever written."

Read Timberlake's touching memorial to Prince below:

"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. 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.

"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. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince"

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