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.

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".

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".

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. 

Other artists including Kanye West and Gene Simmons touched on the influence of Bowie on their career development.

Other tributes from the music industry soon followed:

Politicians and other public figures also shared their sentiments:

David Bowie was someone who people of my age, and those quite a bit older, felt we grew up with. He provided a...

Posted by David Cameron on Monday, 11 January 2016

Gervais paid tribute immediately after hosting the Golden Globes in Los Angeles. Bowie famously had a cameo in Gervais' programme Extras in 2006.