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The legendary rocker passed away after losing a battle with cancer, at the age of 69, his publicist confirmed.
Many of his music contemporaries, celebrity friends and his army of fans expressed their shock and sadness of his death, with many taking to Twitter to pay tribute.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY:
"David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.
- Iggy Pop"— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
David Bowie: The cleverest and most interestingly brilliant man of our time. What a vacuum he leaves, and how he will be missed. Roger— Queen Official (@QueenWillRock) January 11, 2016
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP. More words on my Soapbox. But this will take a while to compute. Very sad. Bri— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) January 11, 2016
The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie... 1/2— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016
David Bowie, you will be sorely missed.
Bowie's “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me. pic.twitter.com/N1nkD9h82W— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today - I think the world owes him that.— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 11, 2016
David Bowie. Our greatest, gone and here forever.
A world's heart breaks.January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 11, 2016
What terribly sad news to wake up to. One of the immortals. #AshestoAshes— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 11, 2016
He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016
One the greatest rock star legends of our lives....David Bowie has died...such a desperate loss..creative genius .....pause to remember...— Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) January 11, 2016
Very sad to wake up to the news of David Bowie's passing . He is a true music legend and his legacy will live on forever ..— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 11, 2016
It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) January 11, 2016
Rest in Peace David Bowie. pic.twitter.com/Ep7QmXPa2D— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 11, 2016
Very saddened to hear about David Bowie. Timeless music by a fearless artist...thank you.-RP— Nickelback (@Nickelback) January 11, 2016
So very sad to hear that David Bowie has died ... a musical God of my time .. only met him once, but he was a total gentleman #RIP X— Carol Vorderman MBE (@carolvorders) January 11, 2016
Tributes pouring in from all over the world to David Bowie.
We are clearing our schedule to report on the loss of this iconic hero. @GMB— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 11, 2016
My teenage years were filled with the joy of @DavidBowieReal. The joy of buying a new LP and reading the cover notes on the journey home.— FernBritton (@Fern_Britton) January 11, 2016
Starman waiting in the sky 😢— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) January 11, 2016
Incredibly shocked and gutted to hear we have lost David Bowie. Music literally wouldn't be what it is today without him.— Jack Bevan (@jackbevan) January 11, 2016
Even when he passed... He goes with class. pic.twitter.com/gGNKTrojlE— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie ... Such sad news. Rest in perfect peace x pic.twitter.com/GkKbpAAFcZ— Alexandra Burke (@alexandramusic) January 11, 2016
We just lost one of the coolest guys on the planet. RIP David Bowie 😢— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) January 11, 2016
Devastated. There will only ever be one David Bowie. A pioneer, a maverick and a visionary. I've… https://t.co/eWtyYS19s6— fearne cotton (@Fearnecotton) January 11, 2016
Shocked to hear about the death of one of our most iconic artists #Bowie— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) January 11, 2016
Omg. Just hearing the news. I have been so inspired by David Bowie as an artist and creative human. We lost a lightening bolt tonight ⚡️— ASHLEY ROBERTS (@ImAshleyRoberts) January 11, 2016
“Turn and face the strange.”
― David Bowie— Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie... So so sad... https://t.co/g2PbMSMqYY— Holly Willoughby (@hollywills) January 11, 2016
I was listening to my Bowie playlist last night.... That man was a musical and lyrical genius.. My thoughts are with his family .. RIP X— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace David Bowie... Universe traveler dream bringer song singer... I'm glad you were here and will keep listening, as always...❤️— regina spektor (@respektor) January 11, 2016
Never imagined a world without him. He has ascended into the cosmos from whence he came. Farewell, David Bowie— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 11, 2016
Such sad news hearing that David Bowie has passed away! His impact in my life growing up and my families is crazy! Simply a legend #RIPZiggy— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) January 11, 2016
Among the first to pay tribute was Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, who had only just come offstage from presenting the annual awards ceremony in LA when the news broke.
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron also used the social media site to honour the singer, writing:
I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
News of David’s death was announced by his publicist, with a note on his official website, which read: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
His film director son Duncan Jones later shared a very poignant photo of him as a child with his father on Twitter, writing: “Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.”