David Bowie tributes from Madonna, U2, Kanye West, Tim Peake, Ricky Gervais and David Cameron following death of a Starman
A host of the world's most well-known names have paid tribute to David Bowie following the legend's death at the age of 69.
Bowie died following an 18-month long battle with cancer on Sunday.
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
Planet Earth is blue - Bono pic.twitter.com/p4GVmnuQql— U2 (@U2) January 11, 2016
January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle... https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) 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
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
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) 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
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
Terrible news to hear Brixton born David Bowie has died. No one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) January 11, 2016
David Bowie. Our greatest, gone and here forever. A world's heart breaks. #Bowie— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) 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
His son Duncan Jones, known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the sad news on Monday, which opened the floodgates for tribute messages across social media.
"Rest in peace David Bowie.x" wrote Biffy Clyro.
"Difficult to imagine a world without the presence of David Bowie. A fan forever. Jim Kerr," wrote the Simple Minds account.
"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." added Josh Groban.
Performers from all genres of music were quick to send their condolences, including My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, rapper ASAP Ferg and 4 Non Blondes star Linda Perry.
It wasn't just singers who shared their grief though; actors, comedians and even the British Prime Minister David Cameron also wrote messages.
Hollywood star Joe Manganiello revealed he's always dreamed of working with David, and is upset that he'll now never be able to.
"People always asked me what actor I wanted to work with the most, and I'd always say David Bowie. Sad I'll never get that chance. RIP," he shared.
"I played David Bowie's "Outside," on repeat for years. It never left my CD changer."
Comedian Eddie Izzard had a message for radio stations around the world with his post: "Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today - I think the world owes him that," he asked.