Kanye West, Ricky Gervais and David Cameron: World reacts to David Bowie’s death

Iconic musician passed away yesterday (January 10)

Musicians, actors and other entertainment personalities have paid tribute to David Bowie following the news of his death.

The news that Bowie has lost an 18-month battle with cancer was announced this morning with his son, film director Duncan Jones, among the first to shares his message of love for his late father.

Since then social media has been awash with tributes, pictures and heartfelt messages from a range of different people. Kanye West was among the first to react, tweeting: “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”

Meanwhile, fresh from hosting the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Ricky Gervais tweeted, “I just lost a hero”. Bowie famously appeared in an episode of Gervais’ sitcom Extras in 2006.

Prime Minister David Cameron also passed on the following message: “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.”

Meanwhile, Damon Albarn has said of Bowie: “He had such a profound effect on my life, I don’t know where to start.”

Other names who have shared messages about Bowie include Pixies, who Bowie covered on his 2002 album ‘Heathen’, producer Giorgio Moroder, Savages, St. Vincent, Pharrell, Kasabian and Foals.

Actors including Simon Pegg, Mark Ruffalo and Russell Crowe also passed on their respects.

David Bowie released his first studio album in 1969, having changed his name from David Jones the year before. His early records included ‘Space Oddity’ and 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’. He released his final album ‘Blackstar’ last week (January 8) on his 69th birthday.