The Rolling Stones pay tribute to ‘extraordinary artist’ David Bowie

Bowie died following 18-month battle with cancer

The Rolling Stones have paid tribute to David Bowie, praising a “true original”

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.

A statement given to NME from a representative of the band 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.”

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Mick Jagger and Bowie famously collaborated on 1985 single ‘Dancing In The Street’. Bowie’s ex-wife Angie once claimed she walked in on the pair naked and in bed together.

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The Rolling Stones are the latest artists who have worked with Bowie to comment following his death. Long time producer Tony Visconti claimed that his final album ‘Blackstar’ is a “parting gift” to fans while Iggy Pop said that Bowie’s friendship was the “light of my life.”

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.