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Rita Ora and Justin Timberlake post heartfelt tributes to Prince

The singers are shattered after growing close to the pop icon.

British pop star Rita Ora is feeling lost following the death of her friend and collaborator Prince.

The music legend died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on Thursday (21Apr16), and tributes have been pouring in from celebrity friends and fans across the world.

Ora, who was invited to record with Prince at his home studio in 2014, has since added her name to the long list of collaborators mourning his loss.

She took to shortly after the news broke on Thursday and shared a note which read: "This is coming from a place I never new (sic) existed in my heart. You were so special to me your presence the Music we created the dance-off's (sic) we used to have the laughing we shared. The funk oozing out of you was un-controllable."

Ora went on to admit Prince's death had left her heartbroken and she has shared her condolences with his loved ones.

"I'm not quite sure what to do with myself but I will miss you forever and always," she continued. "I love you my dear kind friend. May all my prayers go to his family the whole band (you know who you all are, I love you all so much) anybody who felt even one little bit of what I was lucky enough to experience face to face, and let us keep alive the one thing he new (sic) would last forever, his music. I love you P. I will never forget you."

She signed the note, "Love your Rita (sic)".

Meanwhile, Outkast rapper Big Boi, who helped to induct Prince into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, expressed his sadness in a text message sent to CNN newswoman Brooke Baldwin.

"I am truly heartbroken, saddened and absolutely shocked," he wrote. "His music will live forever, through all of us who loved him. We have to love and cherish our heroes while they are here."

Justin Timberlake has also shared a lengthy tribute on social media, after initially struggling to believe the news.

He took to Twitter earlier on Thursday and posted, "Numb. Stunned. This can't be real", and hours later, he returned to Instagram to recall the good times he had shared with Prince.

Revealing he first fell in love with Prince at the age of four, after hearing Raspberry Beret, he honoured the soul and R&B legend as "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," he explained. "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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