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‘Planet Earth is Blue.’ Tributes for David Bowie

Politicians, entertainers, actors and astronauts express their sadness at icon’s death


 
A woman looks at a shirt with a portrait of David Bowie in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona and christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A woman looks at a shirt with a portrait of David Bowie in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. (Frank Augstein, AP Photo)

LONDON — Tributes have poured in for singer David Bowie, who died Sunday aged 69. Politicians, entertainers, actors and astronauts have expressed their sadness at his death.

Here is a look at some of the reactions:

Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, posted a picture of his smiling father on Twitter:

“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Fender, guitar manufacturer

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Astronaut Tim Peake, who is aboard the International Space Station:

“Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer — his music was an inspiration to many.”

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Mick Jagger, musician

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Former astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed “Space Oddity,” on the International Space Station in 2013.

“Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman.”

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German Foreign Office:

“Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall.”

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The Rolling Stones:

“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”

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Madonna:

“Im Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit!”

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Iggy Pop:

“David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.”

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC he remembered Bowie’s early rise to stardom:

“I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ’70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had,” Welby said. “Extraordinary person.”

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British Prime Minister David Cameron:

“Genius is an over-used word but I think musically, creatively, artistically David Bowie was a genius.”

“For someone of my age he provided a lot of the soundtrack of our lives.”

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

“From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student, I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being.”

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London Mayor Boris Johnson:

“No-one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius.”

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Comedian Ricky Gervais:

“I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.”

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Rapper Kanye West:

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

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Singer Pharrell Williams:

“David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace.”

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Actor Mark Ruffalo:

“Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always.”

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Actress Molly Ringwald


 
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