Tributes pour in for David Bowie

2016-01-11 13:36

London — Tributes are pouring in for singer David Bowie, with politicians, clerics, actors and an astronaut offering their recollections of the late star.

Bowie's son, Duncan Jones led social media with tributes for the rock icon after confirming the sad news. He tweeted: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true.  I'll be offline for a while.  Love to all."

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted his sadness from outer space aboard the International Space Station, while London Mayor Boris Johnson said "No-one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius."

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC on Monday that he became a fan during Bowie's early rise to prominence.

"I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the '70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had," Welby said. "Extraordinary person."

Comedian Ricky Gervais, who persuaded his idol to appear on his television show, Extras, wrote on Twitter: "I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."

Kanye West hailed Bowie as one of his "most important inspirations", while Madonna tweeted: "Im Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! R.IP. ?? #rebelheart."

British rocker Billy Idol also took to Twitter to describe his loss, saying he was "nearly brought to tears" by the sudden news of Bowie's passing, adding "RIP."

David Cameron said Bowie's death is "a huge loss."

The British Prime Minister tweeted that he had grown up listening to and watching Bowie. He called the singer a "master of reinvention" and a pop genius who kept on getting it right.

More tributes for the 69-year-old include the likes of Russell Crowe, singers John Newman and Alison Moyet, comic Eddie Izzard, singer Marc Almond and Mark Ruffalo.

Im sorry, i have no words, so gutted

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Bowie's representative Steve Martin says the singer died "peacefully" on Sunday surrounded by family after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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