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Famous faces pay tribute to legend David Bowie

Entertainers and well-known faces share their thoughts on the death of superstar David Bowie.

Tim Wheeler of Ash

Thank you for everything Starman. Thinking of my three biggest Bowie fan friends today @charlottehatherley, @dazt and also Steve McLaughlin. @ash_1977 were lucky enough to do a tour with Bowie and he was very kind and very cool.

"It can't be measured how much his music has moved and inspired me."

Showband singer Des Lee

He was an absolute idol in the industry. In the Miami Showband we used to do his songs - Paul Ashford would sing The Jean Genie. I can't believe he's gone. If you listen to the lyrics in his last album it's like he's writing his own obituary. It's quite incredible, he obviously kept it among close friends and family. He was an incredible songwriter and as a performer, what a showman. Bowie is now the real Starman. I just hope he meets up with Fran O'Toole, Brian McCoy and Paul and forms a superband in heaven.

Actor Charlie Lawson

I was having a fag in school in the early Seventies in the grounds somewhere and a friend had this tape of The Jean Genie. He played it to me and we listened to this thing over and over again and thought it was just the business. I remember playing it during the day and a teacher who shall remain nameless turned the music off and said David Bowie was nothing but a degenerate and it would damage us by listening to his music. I think it was so radically different and dangerous. It was certainly frowned upon in Northern Ireland.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

There was no one else like Bowie. He wrote so many of my favourite songs. His genius can't be replaced but his music will never be forgotten. Bandmate Nathan Connolly said: Thank you for inspiring, exciting and educating.

Actor John Linehan

I was a big fan. I was devastated, I didn't know he was sick. It was the way he kept reinventing himself all the time.

You think you've heard the end of him and he was just able to come up with something else amazing and come back, he was a true star. I think if I had to pick a favourite song it would have been when he teamed up with Mick Jagger for Live Aid. That was brilliant.

Great and good take to twitter for hero's passing

Singer Iggy Pop, who was the inspiration for Ziggy Stardust: "David's friendship was the light of my life."

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle: "It is always sad to hear of a passing. I hope you are in a better place. #davidbowie".

Hollywood star Ben Stiller: "Kind of feels like we're still hanging at the party after the coolest guy left."

DJ and glam rock tribute band singer Johnny Hero: "His music was the soundtrack to my life. We will never see his like again. RIP David."

Ricky Gervais: "David Bowie has been my hero for about 30 years. I sent him an email for his birthday saying '58! isn't it time you got a proper job. Ricky Gervais 42, comedian.' He sent one back saying: 'I have got a proper job. Rock God."

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ní Chuilin: "A trailblazer. Really great music is almost always effervescent, he has left us a great legacy."

Author Colin Bateman: "Before I really understood what I liked in music I knew I loved David Bowie... On holiday in Ballycastle - yes! - I spotted five cassette tapes of his for sale at 50p each in a shop window and bought them all. I became a total convert."

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: "Saw Bowie in Lisbon in the 1980s - magical! Sad sad news."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: "Sad news of the death of the hugely talented David Bowie. #StarGazer."

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