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Stars are mourning the death of music icon David Bowie.
The “Space Oddity” singer died at age 69 Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie was one of the music influential artists of the past 50 years, known for making hits like “Changes,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Heroes,” “Young Americans,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “Five Years,” “Modern Love” and “The Man Who Sold the World.” The two-time Grammy winner released what would ultimately become his final album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday Friday.
Bowie is survived by two children, Duncan Jones and Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones, as well as his wife Iman, whom he had been married to since Apr. 24, 1992.
The British musician’s death was announced via his official Facebook page late Sunday night. “January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” an official statement informed his 6.23 million followers. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
News of Bowie’s death made waves throughout Hollywood, and musicians like Iggy Pop, Gene Simmons, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams took to social media to mourn the music legend. Other celebrities who had been touched by his music, including retired soccer player David Beckham, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Golden Globe winner Kate Hudson, expressed their grief as well.
“Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world,” The Beatles‘ Paul McCartney wrote on his website Monday. “I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.”
In a statement published via their band’s website, members of The Rolling Stones said they “are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”
Columbia Records also released a statement to E! News, saying, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of David Bowie. It was an honor and a privilege to release his music to the world.” The Recording Academy also issued a statement Monday, saying, “David Bowie was truly a Renaissance man and visionary artist with extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, performer, actor and producer, and was a musical hero to millions. A Grammy Award Winner and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, he is remembered and celebrated today for his audacious approach to pushing creative boundaries and ability to reinvent himself time and time again, changing the course of pop music in the process. David was a true original who influenced so many and his art will live on forever. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, creative collaborators and to all of David’s fans across the globe.”
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
I pray for his friends and family.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
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
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
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace 🖖🏾 #RIPDavidBowie
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) 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
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RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 11, 2016
The words escape me, my breath is shallow. We will blast your music in every room today, and light a candle in your name. RIP David Bowie
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) 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
Bowie was one of the bravest artists of the century. A true Icon
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
So much love to @DavidBowieReal ‘s family right now. what a great loss.
— sia (@Sia) January 11, 2016
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie, who gave us all so much. RIP.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 11, 2016
When I heard it sent a shiver through me. I thought David Bowie would live forever. Still, in some ways he will https://t.co/RUNS7mLkWw
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) January 11, 2016
Oh this is terrible news. We lost an extremely important and influential artist. David Bowie has been a huge inspiration and will be missed.
— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 11, 2016
RIP to a true legend. David Bowie pic.twitter.com/hAfuRb67nv
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 11, 2016
I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me – I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) January 11, 2016
As I get older my respect 4 Bowie grows.He transcended every genre & generation during his career-We lost a good one pic.twitter.com/WcuyypsOGc
— The Squadfather (@diplo) January 11, 2016
song of the day: REBEL REBEL – DAVID BOWIE #RIPBowie
— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) January 11, 2016
Waking up to the sad news of the passing of David Bowie #RIP
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) January 11, 2016
Long live David Bowie. Rest in peace musical legend Ziggy Stardust @DavidBowieReal
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) January 11, 2016
The only good thing about this morning is playing Bowie at top volume. The music will live forever. https://t.co/HIOxL329K6
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 11, 2016
— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) January 11, 2016
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Bowie was the greatest. This is sad.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 11, 2016
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 11, 2016
(Originally published on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at 3:36 a.m. PDT.)
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