Tributes from the worlds of music, film, fashion and politics are pouring in for David Bowie, following the death of the iconic British artist at the age of 69 following an 18 month battle with cancer. News of Bowie’s passing dominated social media throughout Monday with a global outpouring of commemoration, celebration and sadness for the shape-shifting singer, actor and performer whose cultural legacy spans more than four decades.
“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” said the Rolling Stones on their Twitter account. “As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Bowie famously collaborated on 1980’s hit Dancing in the Streets.
“David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is,” said Iggy Pop.
“I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie,” wrote Ricky Gervais, only hours after hosting the Golden Globes.
“Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall,” wrote the German government’s foreign office Twitter account, crediting the Starman with helping to bring down the Berlin Wall.
“David Bowie, you will be sorely missed,” wrote Kiss’ Gene Simmons. “Bowie’s Changes and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me.”
“Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! 🙏🏻❤️ #rebelheart,” wrote Madonna on her Twitter feed.
“”I am so sorry to hear the news of David Bowie’s death. I was a huge fan. From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being,” wroter former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a statement. “It was a great privilege when I got to meet him later in life. My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be deeply mourned.”
Veteran film director Nicolas Roeg, who directed Bowie in his most famous film role in The Man Who Fell To Earth issued a succinct, yet fitting tribute.
“Mr Newton has had enough now,” said Roeg, a reference to the final line of dialogue from his classic 1976 sci-fi inflected drama/satire.