Fans lay flowers at David Bowie mural in London with street party planned for tonight

Bowie's death was announced this morning

David Bowie fans are laying flowers by a mural of the late singer in Brixton, south London today.

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.

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The mural, which is situated on the wall of Morley’s Department on Brixton Road, shows Bowie with his flash make-up from 1973 ‘Aladdin Sane’ cover.

Bowie was born in Brixton and lived on nearby Stansfield Road as a child. He later moved to Beckenham, south east of London, at the age of six.

Brixton’s Ritzy cinema is also carrying a tribute to the late musician today, with “Our Brixton boy. RIP” written on their readograph, while Brixton Academy opted for “forever our hero”

The Evening Standard reports that the Stanfield Road house had boards in the windows this morning and there was no response at the door.

Meanwhile, fans wishing to pay tribute to Bowie will be able to attend a street party in Brixton tonight. A Facebook event page has been set up with people told to gather outside The Ritzy from 7pm.

“Bowie’s time on this earth was brief, but he sure left us some great music. Today is a day to gather together and celebrate,” organisers of the event wrote. “Please share with anyone you think would be able to help with music or any other element of this event – bring instruments, speakers, food and most importantly love.”

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’.

In 1972 Bowie reinvented himself and released ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ which features the singles ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Suffragette City’.

His hits include ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Rebel, Rebel’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Changes’.

Bowie has released two albums in the past decade. New album ‘Blackstar’ and 2013’s ‘The Next Day’. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.