It was confirmed this morning that the legendary singer, David Bowie, has passed away aged 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. The news comes just days after Bowie released his latest album, Black Star, to critical acclaim. His official Facebook and Twitter pages confirmed the news with the following statement:
‘David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’
Tributes have been pouring in across the Internet and on social media. His son Duncan Jones confirmed the news at around 6:30am.
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
Longtime collaborator Tony Visconti posted on his Facebook page:
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
Charlotte Church Tweeted:
Oh Bowie! Such a lot of love for him. What a maverick. Thank you for your art.xxxxxx
— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) January 11, 2016
RIP Bowie, a true genius. Davie Jones and the Manish Boys toured with the Kinks back in 1964.and ever since they have had a strong mutual admiration. He will be sorely missed.
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie’s passing RIP
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. A true InspIration pic.twitter.com/My0BrfSqgS
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) January 11, 2016
So very sad to hear that David Bowie has died … a musical God of my time .. only met him once, but he was a total gentleman #RIP X
— Carol Vorderman MBE (@carolvorders) January 11, 2016
Ed Simons (Chemical Brothers):
Blue, blue, Electric blue https://t.co/KtraSaUUUq
— ed simons (@eddychemical) 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
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace 🖖🏾 #RIPDavidBowie
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) 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