Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom," which opened in London in 1986 and has become an international phenomenon, is the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
"Not only the Prince of the Musicals, the crowned head, who staged two of the biggest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom, this wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery in music theater was second to none," Webber said Wednesday on twitter.
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Prince directed and produced some of the biggest and longest-running musicals, including "Fiddler on the Roof", "Cabaret", "Sweeney Todd" and "Evita".
In 2006 he was honored with another Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater.
"He is missing and loved by his family – Judy, his wife of 56, his daughter Daisy, his son Charles and his grandchildren Phoebe, Lucy and Felix," said Prince's publicist in a statement.
"There will be no funeral this fall, but there will be a celebration of his life with the people he loved the most, the members of the theater community to which he belonged for seven decades."
Prince touched the lives of many people, and honors were published on social media as the news of his death spread.
Steve Forrest and Justin Lear of CNN contributed to this report.