01/11/2016 03:48 EST

David Bowie Tributes Pour In For 'One Of The Greatest Performance Artists To Have Ever Lived'

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.

As the news spread, tributes began filling the Internet from celebrities, politicians, and fans.

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, January 11, 2016

Ricky Gervais, who hosted the Golden Globes only hours earlier, shared his grief.

Bowie's death came less than a week after the release of his album, "Black Star," which was also his 69th birthday.

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