Peake tweeted: "Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many."
Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016
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It was Bowie's legendary Space Oddity lyrics that echoed in the House of Commons, when Peake successfully lifted off from Kazakhstan in December.
Bowie's death was confirmed by his publicist today morning and an announcement on the singer's site read:
Two years ago, astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of Space Oddity while aboard the International Space Station.
The out-of-this-world performance racked up an impressive 23,489,187 views on YouTube.
At the time, Bowie gave a nod of recognition to the cover and tweeted about it:
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CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE!
Commander Chris Hadfield, currently on... http://t.co/tZV2b8Qq1D— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) May 12, 2013