Tributes have poured in from around the world following the shocking news of David Bowie’s death.
It was announced on Monday (11Jan16) that the revered music icon had passed away on Sunday (10Jan16) at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer.
The news sent shockwaves through the showbiz world, and within seconds friends, former colleagues, and fans of Bowie took to social media to pay their respects to the Starman singer.
Brian Eno, who worked with Bowie on his Berlin Trilogy of albums, wrote on Twitter.com, “Words cannot express: RIP David Bowie”, and Iggy Pop, who shared an apartment with Bowie in Berlin, wrote, “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.”
KISS rocker Gene Simmons wrote, “David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie’s Changes and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me”, Madonna tweeted, “Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!… So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!”, rapper Kanye West wrote, “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime… I pray for his friends and family”, and Pharrell Williams added, “David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace.”
Politicians, actors, and stage performers also paid their respects to Bowie, with British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeting, “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”, and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said, “(It’s) very, very sad… Life On Mars comes flowing back into my mind. Wonderful song, wonderful guy.”
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote, “I am so sorry to hear the news of David Bowie’s death. I was a huge fan. From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student, I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being. It was a great privilege when I got to meet him later in life. My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be deeply mourned.”
Actor Simon Pegg wrote, “If you’re sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie”, funnyman Eddie Izzard tweeted, “Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever”, and Russell Crowe added, “RIP David. I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived.”
Singer Cher wrote, “Devastated… A legend is gone”, rocker Tom Morello tweeted, “All Bowie, all night. Heroes, Cat People, Under The God, Scary Monsters, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City”, Nikki Sixx wrote, “RIP Thin White Duke. You inspired me to me more than just a musician. You inspired me to be an artist”, and Louis Tomlinson added, “RIP David Bowie. A music Legend!”
Courtney Love wrote, “Farewell Major Tom… There are no words. RIP David, another hero remembered”, Edward Norton tweeted, “My whole young life I laid on the carpet in my room listening to Bowie & feeling my mind & heart open up Inspired me more than I can express”, Ricky Gervais wrote, “I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie”, while actor Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always”, Jared Followill offered, “RIP David Bowie. One of the all time greats. Your influence will never die”, and actress Evan Rachel Wood added, “I am shaking and crying over David Bowie. No other musician meant more to me than him. Devastated.”
Fans of Bowie also paid their respects on Monday by leaving floral tributes in London’s Heddon Street, the location of the iconic photograph on the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.