The world was shocked upon hearing that David Bowie had passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer on Sunday 10th January. Being a shape-shifting musician, fashion icon and star of countless films, admirers from those respective sectors and beyond paid their respects to the great man across social media. Here are a round up of some of the touching tributes to Ziggy Stardust.
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Bowie was kind to me. He talked about booker little with me. He was warm and generous. He was a great intellectual, a great artist. Rocker."
"He had treatment for his illnesses without anyone knowing or anyone saying anything. And that is the mystique of the man, because we know David Bowie the figure, the singer, the outrageous performer, but actually, we don't know anything about him -- and that's the way it should be in music and should be in any art form whatsoever."
"Always changing and ahead of the curve, he was an artist whose excellence you aspired to. He will be sorely missed."
"He was a master of theatre within popular music. He will be missed."
"The loss of David Bowie will be hard to swallow for everyone. He leaves behind a rich history of musical and cultural experimentation and invention that will rarely be seen again, if ever. He was one of a kind. The man that fell to Earth has gone back to the planet that he came from."
"This is truly tragic news. A monumental loss. He was always beyond generous to me. Within our industry he was definitely the most important artist this country has ever produced."
Michael Stipe, R.E.M
"Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off it’s axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost it’s orbit. That said—I am certain that wherever Bowie is now—I want to be there someday."
"Dearest David, RIP - Your life changed my life. LOVE FOREVER"
"All of my nostalgia, instantly turned to awe. I was hearing him sing about fiction as a mask to show his naked soul. This changed my life forever. Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written."
"His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever."
"David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud."
"His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made 'Blackstar' for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."
Win Butler, Arcade Fire
"David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life."
Debbie Harry, Blondie
"Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes."
Liam Fray, Courteeners
"Inspiration. Risk taker. Sex icon. Rock and Roller. Mod. Sharp as. Funny as. Didn't take shit. Wore capes."
"Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever"
""But the key to the city is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky..." #DavidBowie"
"Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always"
Frances Bean Cobain
"R.I.P. David Bowie. You were an icon, you changed the idea of what a man should be, your musical genius will live on"
"As I get older my respect 4 Bowie grows.He transcended every genre & generation during his career-We lost a good one"
"He was 1of my 'HEROES' I just CANNOT believe it.. On the heels of his bday... His top notch album #RIPDavidBowie starman thin white duke"
"David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie"
"Heartbroken. RIP David Bowie."
"can't believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie"
"RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !"
"Rest in peace David Bowie"
"Bye david, and thanks!"
"What a great loss... I was fortunate to work with a genius on "Cat People."
Yannis Philippakis, Foals
"Thank You everything David. I think we all thought he would be here forever"
"RIP David Bowie. A true Inspiration."
"We love you and will love you forever... Such a shock #RIP"
"Unthinkable. The world has lost one of the most important artists and icons of our time. I was moved immeasurably by David Bowie. RIP."
"So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!"
"The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever."
"R.I.P David Bowie."
"So sad to hear David Bowie has passed. Impossible to overstate his legacy and the influence he had on so many musicians including us."
"RIP to a true LEGEND. David Bowie. #DavidBowie"
"David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."
"I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I'm never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances.
It's not going to change, how we feel about him. For the rest of our lives, we'll always be crashing in that same car. Thankyou, David Bowie."
"David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is."
"It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Tim Peake, Astronaut
"Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many."
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans
"Everyone is sharing their memories of Bowie. Mine are all from a distance, growing up seeing him change the face of music time and again"
"RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived."
The Rolling Stones
"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."
"He put my life in colour. He made me believe: You can do anything; you're a working-class kid in Reading; creativity is freedom. Ability is a poor man's wealth. I loved everything he did. He never let me down, even at the end. I've never seen a more dignified ending"
"Comedian, chameleon, Corinthian, and caricature". #ripBowie"
Lianne La Havas
"R.I.P. Mr David Bowie. He changed everything x x x"
"Thank you for the music David Bowie."
"What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP."
"David Bowie has been my musical north star my entire life. This hurts even more for people close to me. He will NEVER be surpassed, never."
Gene Simmons, Kiss
"David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie's “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me."
"Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."
"Whatever persona David Bowie took on, the songs were always GREAT"
"So sad to hear David Bowie passing. Original rebel artist & true icon. What a legacy u leave. RIP. ❤ & respects "
"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."
"DEVASTATED...A LEGEND IS GONE"
"He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable. In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and…shocking. But this news is hard to take in. I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something … Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family. But what a life. All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP."
"Legendary immortal…Head bowed to you"