Heart FM's Fiona Winchester made the mistake live on air this morning
A radio newsreader accidentally stated that British Prime Minister David Cameron was dead when announcing the news of David Bowie‘s death.
Heart FM’s Fiona Winchester made the mistake live on air this morning (January 11), announcing: “David Cameron has died – uhm, David Bowie has died”.
The mix-up occurred when Winchester confused the pair, with the news bulletin later featuring a quote from Cameron about Bowie’s passing. Listen below.
David Cameron himself has paid tribute to Bowie, writing on Facebook: “David Bowie was someone who people of my age, and those quite a bit older, felt we grew up with. He provided a soundtrack to our lives, from the first time I heard Space Oddity to the pride of welcoming British athletes at the London Olympics to one of his masterpieces – ‘Heroes’.”
The PM continued: “He was also a master of reinvention, who kept getting it right, leaving a body of work that people will still be listening to in a 100 years time. He was someone who truly deserves to be described as a genius.”
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.
Artists including The Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop have paid tribute to Bowie following his passing. A statement given to NME from a representative of The Rolling Stones reads: “The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”