The World Mourns The Death Of Rock Icon David Bowie

12 January 2016 | 2:57 pm | Staff Writer

RIP to one of the greatest.

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Following yesterday's news that UK singer and rock icon David Bowie had tragically passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer, musicians and fans alike have expressed their sadness and sympathies, as well as reflected on the impact he had on the lives of so many around the world. 

Earlier today in his hometown of Brixton in south London, fans gathered to pay their respects by laying flowers down by a mural of Bowie, as well as participating in mass sing-along's of his music. 

Check out some of the pics below — All images taken by Cassandra Fumi.

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger who had a close friendship with Bowie and famously released a cover of the Motown hit Dancing In The Street with him in 1985 took to Twitter to address his death. 

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"David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work..." Jagger wrote. 

"We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him."

Similarly, Queen guitarist Brian May who was involved in the band's collaboration with Bowie on the 1981 songt Under Pressure described his passing as "inestimable" in a post on his website.

"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."

Fellow British musician and The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney wrote in a Facebook post, "David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together."

"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."

In a touching tribute, rock singer Marilyn Manson said that Bowie's influence changed his life. 

"Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others," he wrote in Rolling Stone.

"It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written."

"I don't need hope to know that he has found his way to the place that equals his untouchable, chameleon-genius beauty. The black star in space, that only HE belongs.This crushing moment of fear and loss can only be treated the way his music has affected everyone who was fortunate enough to hear and love it. Let's NEVER let go of what he gave us." 

New Zealand artist Lorde also penned a lengthy tribute on her Facebook page and recalled the very first night she met Bowie a few years ago. 

"America was very new to me, and I was distinctly uneasy and distrustful toward everything happening in my life that was putting me in these flat-voiced, narrow-eyed, champagneish rooms," Lorde recalled. 

"David was different. I'll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes. That night something changed in me - i felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit."

"I realized everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching. 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." 

Beloved Aussie music critic Molly Meldrum recalled many memories he shared with Bowie over the years, and said that the artist "changed the face of music".

Writing in a article Meldrum said, "His use of sound and visuals was nothing short of revolutionary, he reinvented himself with nearly every album, something no one else was doing at the time."

"He was an utter gentleman too. When my house burned down in 1984 he called and told me to come and stay with him at his house in Switzerland for a few weeks until I got everything together. And after my accident a few years ago there was the sweetest note from David when I finally woke up."

"But that’s what he was like, just a really lovely man who just happened to be a musical genius as well. It’s a terrible, terrible loss but his music will keep him alive forever."

As well as having an undeniable influence on the music world at large, Bowie proved to have a huge impact in film, with many remembering his role as The Goblin King in the 1986 Jim Henson adventure fantasy film, Labyrinth

His co-star in the film, Jennifer Connolly said the experience resulted in Bowie becoming one of her heroes. 

"I met David Bowie when I was 14 and he became a hero to me — because he was an artist, and because he was a genius who had the time to be kind," Connolly said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly

"I'd never met such an extraordinary artist before, and I haven’t since — the world will be a greyer place without him."

British comedian Ricky Gervais also expressed his sadness of the news on Twitter, having worked with Bowie in a 2006 episode of his sitcom, Extras.

"I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie," Gervais tweeted.

Bowie's fascination with space was not forgotten either as a number of astronauts and scientists have written tributes about the late artist including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

'And the stars look very different today.' RIP David Bowie." a post on the official NASA Twitter account read.

Bowie's long-term producer Tony Visconti has since said that the newly-released album Blackstar was intended to be a "parting gift" for fans. 

Other notable names to have spoken out about Bowie's death include Elton John, AC/DC, Iggy Pop, Madonna, Foo Fighters and more. Check out some of the tributes below.


I'm devastated.David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan....

Posted by Madonna on Monday, 11 January 2016

"Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together....

Posted by Paul McCartney on Monday, 11 January 2016

Just the best. #davidbowie

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When a hero dies, everyone wants a quote. I woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of...

Posted by Lorde on Monday, 11 January 2016