Music legend David Bowie
died at the age of 69 on Sunday after a long battle with cancer, and the news of his passing has hit the world hard.
Many of the iconic performer's many famous friends and devoted fans have taken to Twitter and Instagram to share their condolences, their memories and their grief over the loss of one of entertainment's most groundbreaking and influential figures.
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Ricky Gervais, who had just
completed hosting the Golden Globes, shared his heartbreak on Twitter, writing, "I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."
In 2006, Bowie appeared with Gervais on the comedian's British sitcom
Here are some of the many heartfelt and emotional tributes being paid to Bowie in celebration of his illustrious career and his revolutionary life.
Celebs react to David Bowie death
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.
David Bowie. 💔 rip - you rock our souls https://t.co/xCt8GrStsP
RIP. There will only ever be 1 David Bowie. We love you. 🙏🏼⚡️ https://t.co/P9KfRmj7yZ
deeply sad to hear about david bowie / his work means more to me than I can express. what incredible things he did that last forever
Such shocking, awful news.
RIP David Bowie.
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 https://t.co/29ijZOh6Kp
Just hearing about #DavidBowie! My condolences to his family and love ones! Your music will remain with this always!🙏
RIP David Bowie. When he said he didn't like children & I told him he was once one, he said, No, I was born a Rock God. 😜Rock 'em in heaven!
Songwriting, music owes David Bowie a great debt. Such sad sad news. RIP Bowie.
Oh God, rest in peace the genius that was David Bowie.
RIP David Bowie :( this was taken last night at my gig.. He was such an icon.. There is no other like him and there likely never will be. Big inspiration for me growing up.
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.
Find it hard to believe David Bowie has died. What an incredible life
Very saddened to hear about David Bowie. Timeless music by a fearless artist...thank you.-RP
Hoping this news about #DavidBowie isn't true
2016 is off to a bad start. Another one of my musical idols gone, may his legacy live on forever… https://t.co/7HxhAL7HV4
Devastated to hear about David Bowie. A true legend who will live forever in his cultural impact. Wow.
What a great loss... I was fortunate to work with a genius on "Cat People." #DavidBowie 💔 https://t.co/uWCTrJSs69
#davidBowie R.I.P you were one of the great ones! Glad I got to host you on yahoo awards first show!
RIP #DavidBowie you taught me it was okay to be different. https://t.co/xRwQIvg0hG
Damn. Will miss #DavidBowie he was already eternally cool. Thx for the music and style. https://t.co/EfrMgWbMbr
You were my all time. You were the greatest. We'll miss you more than you'll ever know. #DavidBowie
We're all Aladdin Sane
A LEGEND IS GONE✨🌟✨
Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always Legendary singer David Bowie dies at 69 https://t.co/ezRx7NVhSC # via HuffPostEnt
The entirety of my David Bowie gestalt begins and ends with this movie right here.
Peace Out! https://t.co/g8pfQvFEeD
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.
Never imagined a world without him. He has ascended into the cosmos from whence he came. Farewell, David Bowie
David Has Gone To Mars. Earth Thanks You https://t.co/r37aKrZQCH
David Bowie, you will be sorely missed.
Bowie's “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me. https://t.co/N1nkD9h82W
Thank you for everything. R.I.P. https://t.co/sxtGpAS0Ok
Rest in peace David Bowie... Universe traveler dream bringer song singer... I'm glad you were here and will keep listening, as always...❤️
As I get older my respect 4 Bowie grows.He transcended every genre & generation during his career-We lost a good one https://t.co/WcuyypsOGc
I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me - I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.
RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow
Time may change me
But I can't trace time.
NO NO NO! Not David Bowie! No!
Hero, kind, funny, awesome, groundbreaking legend. No! Not David Bowie! No!
Our world just became a little less colorful. Wherever you are, the excitement is. Rest in Peace David Bowie ❤️ https://t.co/KhXmiymOe6
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.
Rest In Song David Bowie.
Deeply saddened. We've lost one of the greatest artists that's ever lived. My love for all you've created is immeasurable. RIP David Bowie.
Deeply saddened to hear of David Bowie's passing. What an artist, an inspiration. I'd like to think the lights shone bright for him tonight✨
Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever
"Time may change me. But you can't trace time." Gosh. David Bowie. One of the greats. Thank you. https://t.co/dJgnDoi1Ua
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In the days before his death, Bowie's wife, model Iman, shared a number of tweets that resonate strongly in the wake of her husband's passing, including a post shared on Saturday that read, "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
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