Tributes for the legendary David Bowie filled social media Sunday night, hailing the late musician as a hero, a genius, and an inspiration.
Bowie's passing was announced late Sunday night. He died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family after an 18-month battle with cancer, a representative said.
Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, later confirmed his father's death and shared an old family photo on Twitter.
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
As the news spread, tributes began filling the Internet from celebrities, politicians, and fans.
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— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) January 11, 2016
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016
RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) 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
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.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace, David. pic.twitter.com/9Kv9yM9igh— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 11, 2016
Ricky Gervais, who hosted the Golden Globes only hours earlier, shared his grief.
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
Bowie's death came less than a week after the release of his album, "Black Star," which was also his 69th birthday.
So proud! Heart bursting for you. :) pic.twitter.com/alPYWulSSp— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 10, 2016
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