Tributes pour in for David Bowie, who 'gave us magic for a lifetime'

From celebrities to politicians, astronauts to actors, social media lit up with tributes and expressions of mourning after the death of David Bowie.

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Born David Jones in the London suburb of Brixton, Bowie went on to shape popular music and presentation of artists who make it.

Bowie’s history of media manipulation was so entrenched, reaction to news of his death saw an initial flurry of tweets questioning whether it was true.

Peter Nygaard tweeted that he was seeing suggestions on Facebook, that the news was a hoax.

"David Bowie's website has nothing out of the ordinary on it, so I'm inclined to agree," he tweeted.

Fellow Twitter user Kristin Vogel was skeptical too, even after seeing the announcement on Bowie's official website.

"So not sure what to think about this whole David Bowie death thing. Is it a hoax? His official page posted it," she tweeted.

Bowie was notable for his willingness to experiment with different forms of music, from his conceptual album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" to the more pop focused "Let's Dance" and the hard rock group "Tin Man."

Kanye West was among the first musicians to mention the impact Bowie's work had on their careers.

"David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime," Kanye tweeted.

Billy Idol shared his tribute too, tweeting: "He inspired us to go beyond the norm & reach out & dispel the void of life in 70's England wth r own art forms...."

While Pharrell Williams called Bowie, "a true innovator, a true creative," in his own tweet.

A tweet from the band Foo Fighters said, simply, "Rest in peace, David."

Actors and even astronauts were quick to praise Bowie's legacy.

Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal

— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016

I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016

"The truth is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time" David Bowie we will miss you so much

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 11, 2016

Britain's Prime Minister paid tribute to the musician, mentioning the impact Bowie had on him growing up.

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

In a statement, Germany credited Bowie with helping to bring down the Berlin Wall. Bowie performed the song "Heroes" on the West German side of the wall in 1978.

Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall. https://t.co/soaOUWiyVl#RIPDavidBowie

— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) January 11, 2016

Music producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on "Space Oddity" and through to his latest album Blackstar, wrote about Bowie's desire to always do what he wanted to do.

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was...

Posted by Tony Visconti on Monday, 11 January 2016


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