Tributes to the iconic glam rock singer David Bowie are being shared online after his death, following an 18-month battle with cancer, was announced on Monday morning.
A statement through his official social media accounts said that Bowie died "peacefully" and asked for the family's privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
His son, Duncan Jones confirmed his death and lead the tributes on Twitter, sharing a poignant photo of Bowie and Jones as a child.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Other notable forces in the music industry have since followed suit.
However, it is not just fellow musicians grieving the Starman singer. Politicians and even the official social media accounts of certain countries have paid tribute online.
Close friend Iggy Pop called his relationship with Bowie "the [light] of his life".
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
Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney and Brian May also shared an image from their past. Madonna said she was "so lucky" to have met him and credited him with "changing her life", McCartney remembered the "great laughs" the pair had and May labelled him a "hero".
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
Collaborator and glam rock peer Brian Eno also took to Twitter saying words can't express his grief.
Yoko Ono also voiced her grief, referencing Bowie's friendship with her late husband John Lennon.
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016
Other artists including Kanye West and Gene Simmons touched on the influence of Bowie on their career development.
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
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
Other tributes from the music industry soon followed:
What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 11, 2016
oh no. my hero. bowie. the most beautiful. i love him with everything i am. rock music is over, done. he was the best. none came close. rip— Flea (@flea333) January 11, 2016
rest in peace David Bowie .— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 11, 2016
Very saddened to hear about David Bowie. Timeless music by a fearless artist...thank you.-RP— Nickelback (@Nickelback) 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: Life in pictures
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie in 1960s
Davy Jones; life before David Bowie
David Bowie in 1964
David Bowie 'In Mime' at the Middle Earth Club, London, 1968
David Bowie in 1969
David Bowie performing his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1973
David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam, 1974
David Bowie in the 1970s
David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, confirmed his death on Twitter
David Bowie in the 1980s
David Bowie gives a press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' directed by Nagisa Oshima, during the 36th International Film Festival in Cannes, 1983
David Bowie performs on stage during a concert in La Courneuve, 1987
David Bowie during his concert in West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987
David Bowie shakes hands with Princess Diana, 1993
David Bowie autographs copies of his newest album 'Outside' at the grand opening of a Herald Square music store 26 September 1995 in New York
David Bowie performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival, 1996
David Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, 1997
David Bowie getting ready to perform 'Earthling' at the Phoenix Music Festival in 1997
David Bowie on stage performing during the Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City, 2001
David Bowie Meltdown concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, June 2002
David Bowie performing during his concert at the Stravinski hall stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 2002
David Bowie in 'Last Call with Carson Daly' TV programme taping in New York, 2003
David Bowie walks with his with wife Iman and daughter Alexandria (2) in New York, 2003
David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park, in Newport, UK
David Bowie poses with a pig, 2004
David Bowie and Kate Moss at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library in New York City, 2005
David Bowie and model Iman arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 2008
David Bowie anf Tilda Swinton at the MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit in New York, 2013
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton on 11 January 2016
rip david bowie. you were magic. i am heartbroken— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) January 11, 2016
Politicians and other public figures also shared their sentiments:
So sad to hear about the great David Bowie - his music was a backdrop to my life. An incredible icon of British creativity who made us proud— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) January 11, 2016
Sad to hear of David Bowie's death. He was a music icon when I was at University.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 11, 2016
What terribly sad news to wake up to. One of the immortals. #AshestoAshes— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 11, 2016
Ground Control to Major Tom Commencing countdown, engines on Check ignition and may God's love be with you (David Bowie)— Gianfranco Ravasi (@CardRavasi) January 11, 2016
Rest in Peace David Bowie. pic.twitter.com/Ep7QmXPa2D— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
Gervais paid tribute immediately after hosting the Golden Globes in Los Angeles. Bowie famously had a cameo in Gervais' programme Extras in 2006.
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