David Bowie passed away Sunday after a private, 18-month battle with cancer. The iconic artist was not only an innovative musician, but an actor and fashion icon as well. He collaborated with everyone from Mick Jagger and Trent Reznor to Cher and Luther Vandross, and his worked touched and influenced the lives of countless musicians, performers, visual artists, designers, actors and more with his innovative approach to creativity and reinvention.
Soon after the news of passing was announced, a collection of famous fans and collaborators shared their condolences and reflections on Bowie's life and legacy.
Bowie's eldest child, son Duncan Jones, tweeted a solemn confirmation of the news. The director, born Zowie Bowie, is the only child from the rock star's first marriage to Angie Bowie.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Kanye West responded early to the news, offering a touching tribute to Bowie's "magic" as well as condolences to his friends and family.
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
I pray for his friends and family.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
Iggy Pop, who collaborated with Bowie throughout the Seventies, shared a simple tribute.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: "David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. - Iggy Pop"— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
Cher, who had performed a medley of classic tunes with Bowie on her variety show back in 1975, revealed her heartbreak at the news as well.
DEVASTATED... A LEGEND IS GONE— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016
More fans and friends shared memories and more about the star on Twitter.
"A piece of my heart has broken. Not only was David a passionate supporter of my career but more importantly a very special person in my life. An icon. Irreplaceable loving friend. I am missing him greatly."
"When a true star blinks out, the sky looks different, and never feels the same."
What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 11, 2016
The Rolling Stones:
The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie... 1/2— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
"David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work we had so many good times together. He was my friend. I will never forget him." — Mick Jagger
"I'm deeply saddened by such a sudden shock. David was a true original in everything he did and, along with many others, I'm going to miss him. Another goodbye to another good friend." — Keith Richards
Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople:
"David wrote some wonderful songs. I was lucky enough to sing one of them, and it changed my life. My heart goes out to his wife, son and daughter. R.I.P. David."
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016
NO.— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) January 11, 2016
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.
I don't know if I can react immediately.
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. (via official site)
Woke up to the news of David Bowie leaving this world. Crushed is the right word. He was a monumental artist...immortal. 1/2— Rush (@rushtheband) January 11, 2016
The Doobie Brothers:
can't believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie pic.twitter.com/oXMq6HuhWY— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) January 11, 2016
Laura Jane Grace:
I'd argue that punk rock owes nearly everything to Bowie..."Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo. The kids were just CRASS!"— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
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 pic.twitter.com/29ijZOh6Kp— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016
Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today - I think the world owes him that.— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 11, 2016
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard:
"I heard the news today oh boy .... And I can't believe what I've heard .... David Bowie is dead. He's been a massive part of my life since I first heard "Starman" in 1972. So many of us came in at that moment, all very different from each other but all with one thing in common: the belief that a true rock & roll alien had landed on earth & he was ours. It is said 'Never meet your heroes. They will let you down.' Bullshit. He was open, funny, [and] a good listener! I can't believe he's gone. At least I have a lifetime of his music to comfort me, as we all have, as he left behind one hell of a legacy. The Starman waiting in the sky waits no longer. Rest in peace David Bowie and thank you for giving us believers something to believe in."
I don't want to hear about the stupid fashion at the Golden Globes who gives a fuck I want to play David Bowie records. Unreal— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 11, 2016
Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields:
"Wake me when anyone ever again writes an album as good as ANY Bowie studio album of the Seventies. From 1969 to '80 he released ten strange and wonderful albums in a row (plus a few dull live and covers albums), all of which eventually charted, an achievement unparalleled in pop; and in the process made hundreds of millions. Does anyone even aspire to that anymore?"
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— Flea (@flea333) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. A true InspIration pic.twitter.com/My0BrfSqgS— PIXIES (@PIXIES) January 11, 2016
David Bowie..daring as all hell.- Rock.....punk....theatre.....funk..disco ....EDM-dude wasn't afraid to wrestle any music or lyric ever.— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 12, 2016
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016
rest in peace David Bowie .— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 11, 2016
Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always Legendary singer David Bowie dies at 69 https://t.co/ezRx7NVhSC # via HuffPostEnt— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 11, 2016
He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016
RIP. David Bowie. An icon. https://t.co/YI7NSxLitg— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) January 11, 2016
Weird Al Yankovic:
I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me - I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) January 11, 2016
Omg RIP David Bowie ... You seriously were the biggest legend ever..so sad— Dillon Francis (@DILLONFRANCIS) January 11, 2016
"David Bowie changed my life. I'd have to write a book to describe what he meant to me, but I would not be here without his influence. The fact that I got to know him and make music with him is a blessing from God in the highest order. What he gave the world with his art is immeasurable and timeless."
Find it hard to believe David Bowie has died. What an incredible life— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) January 11, 2016
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— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace, David. pic.twitter.com/9Kv9yM9igh— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 11, 2016
David Bowie on Extras was as good as comedy gets. @rickygervais— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 11, 2016
Unthinkable. The world has lost one of the most important artists and icons of our time. I was moved immeasurably by David Bowie. RIP.— Hozier (@Hozier) January 11, 2016
R.I.P David Bowie. U are and always will be a legend & will continue to inspire for generations....— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) January 11, 2016
RIP to a true LEGEND. David Bowie. #DavidBowie— AC/DC (@acdc) January 11, 2016
Without Bowie, a lot of people's self confidence expressed in this song wouldn't exist. THANK YOU, DAVID BOWIE! https://t.co/RRKfvRA2MX— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 11, 2016
Florence and the Machine:
David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life. The original star-man returned to the stars...— florence welch (@flo_tweet) January 11, 2016
David Bowie we will remember your brilliance. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends & fans around the world pic.twitter.com/hhLocL4hDS— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 11, 2016
The Kid Mero:
OH SHIT RIP DAVID BOWIE THE ONLY WHITE DUDE EVER TO APPEAR ON SOUL TRAIN *AND* A TUPAC ALBUM— The Kid Mero (@THEKIDMERO) January 11, 2016