NASA tweets photo of purple nebula in honor of Prince

A lot of websites, newspapers, buildings, bridges, sports stadiums and a host of other landmarks turned purple to pay tribute to Prince, who at 57 was found dead at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on April 21.

While the cause of his death is still under investigation, thousands of tributes have poured  in from celebrities, netizens, and fans worldwide. Just about everyone is mourning the loss of a musical genius.

Crab Nebula (Image Credit: @ NASA)

NASA chimed in by tweeting a spectacular picture of a purple nebula, with the message: "A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today." The tweet was retweeted more than 42000 times and had over 43000 likes as of this writing.

Compared to the rest of tributes to Prince, NASA's simple tweet earned one of the highest retweets and had a lot of fans reacting positively. Some companies who changed the color of their  logos were accused by some fans as riding on the death of the creative icon.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was best known for his song Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Kiss and Let's Go Crazy. He made more than 30 albums and sold more than 100 million albums in his lifetime.  He might sell millions more posthumously,  if the rumor about two thousand unreleased tracks locked in his vault, turn out to be true.

Madonna said Prince was a "visionary who changed the world". Ellen DeGeneres described him as "brilliant and larger than life".

In a statement issued by the White House, President Barack Obama said that Prince "was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

Everyone agrees that the world lost a great musician, whose individuality and creative talent will forever be remembered in the history of music.
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