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David Bowie dead: Celebrities Iggy Pop, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna react

Celebrities across the world are mourning the death of David Bowie, who died on Jan. 10, just days after the release of his latest album, "Blackstar."

The 69-year-old icon died after an 18-month battle with cancer, his Facebook page said.

Iggy Pop called Bowie "the best there is."

Pet Shop boys wrote that "he inspired us and changed our lives."

Read on for more celebrity tributes.

Duncan Jones

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"Very sorry and sad to say it's true," Bowie's son posted on Twitter. "I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

Paul McCartney

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"Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," Paul McCartney posted on his website. "David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever."

Brian Eno

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"David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now," Brian Eno said in a statement to BBC. "We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

"About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

"I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

"I realise now he was saying goodbye."

Iggy Pop

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"David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is," Iggy Pop tweeted.

Pet Shop Boys

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"We are all Bowie's children," Pet Shop Boys wrote on their website. "He inspired us and changed our lives. Love, gratitude and respect always for him and his work. Our truest condolences and sympathy to his family."

The Rolling Stones

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"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."


Madonna remembered Bowie in a series of tweets.
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Madonna remembered Bowie in a series of tweets.

"Im Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit!" she tweeted. "Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!"

She then posted a photo with him, writing, "So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!"

Tony Visconti

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"He always did what he wanted to do," Tony Visconti, who produced "Blackstar," said on Facebook. "And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

Billy Idol

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"Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing," Billy Idol wrote on Twitter. "He inspired us to go beyond the norm & reach out & dispel the void of life in 70's England [with our] own art forms."

David Cameron

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"David Bowie was someone who people of my age, and those quite a bit older, felt we grew up with. He provided a soundtrack to our lives, from the first time I heard Space Oddity to the pride of welcoming British athletes at the London Olympics to one of his masterpieces - 'Heroes,'" David Cameron wrote on Facebook. "He was also a master of reinvention, who kept getting it right, leaving a body of work that people will still be listening to in a 100 years time. He was someone who truly deserves to be described as a genius."

Linda Perry

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"Oh this is terrible news," Linda Perry tweeted. "We lost an extremely important and influential artist. David Bowie has been a huge inspiration and will be missed."

Russell Crowe

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"RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow," Russell Crowe wrote on Twitter.

Mike Bloomberg

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"Thinking of my friend @The_Real_IMAN today," Mike Bloomberg tweeted, along with the photo above. "We lost a brilliant, pioneering artist - and a great New Yorker."

Kanye West

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"David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime," Kanye West tweeted. "I pray for his friends and family."

Pharrell Williams

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"David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace," Pharrell tweeted.


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