Chuck D is never at a loss for words. The Public Enemy mastermind has built an impenetrable career by crafting them into revolutionary statements in songs like “Fight the Power” and “By The Time I Get to Arizona.”

On Thursday, April 21, that all changed when it was announced beloved artist and icon Prince Rogers Nelson had passed away at the age of 57. All of a sudden, Chuck D found himself tongue-tied, Tweeting: “I’m a man of words. I’m kinda speechless on losing ‪#‎Prince‬…it’s like the Earth is missing a note. Little to say-only thing to do is play.”

As the world continues to reel from the sudden death of Prince, investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened during his final hours.

Prince was last seen alive at 8 p.m. on Wednesday [April 20], when he was dropped off at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The next morning [Thursday, April 21], a staff member called 911 to report that Prince had been found unresponsive in an elevator. Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. An outpouring of grief quickly followed as the news traveled and many fellow artists/entertainers took to social media to share their sentiments, including Questlove, Cedric the Entertainer and Dave Chappelle.