Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, posted a photo of him as a baby on his dad’s shoulders after his death was confirmed. He tweeted:
“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
The Rolling Stones tweeted:
“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” the band tweeted. “As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”
Bowie’s longtime friend Pop, who also toured with him in 1976 tweeted:
“David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.”
Kanye West tweeted:
“David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”
“Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever.”
Bowie, 69, wasn’t just a game changer in the music world. He also had a tremendous impact – in general – for his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust.
“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,” tweeted British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“RIP David. I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artist to have ever lived. #sorrow,” wrote actor Russell Crowe.
“The words escape me, my breath is shallow. We will blast your music in every room today, and light a candle in your name. RIP David Bowie,” tweeted actress Zoe Saldana.
British stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard asked that “every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today.”
“I think the world owes him that,” he added.
Check out 10 times that Bowie was sampled in the rap world:
Puff Daddy’s “Been Around the World”
Public Enemy’s “Night of the Living Baseheads”
EPMD’s “It Wasn’t Me It Was The Fame”
Ice Cube’s “Alive on Arrival”
Dr. Dre’s “Fame”
Jay Z’s “The Takeover”
J Dilla’s “Take Notice”
Rapsody’s “For Everything”
Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Baby”
Charlie Baltimore’s “Ice Baby”