David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69.
Tributes have been paid from around the world to the “extraordinary artist” whose last album Blackstar was released days ago.
Sir Paul McCartney said in a statement: “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.”
Madonna said she was “devastated” and that Bowie had “changed her life”. She wrote on Twitter: “Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!”
Rapper Kanye West said: “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”
Yoko Ono said Bowie was “as close as family” for her and late husband John Lennon, describing him as a “father figure” for their son Sean.
As per the BBC, Along with the Beatles, Stones and Elvis Presley, Bowie defined what pop music could and should be. He brought art to the pop party, infusing his music and performances with the avant-garde ideas of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Andy Warhol.
See some of Bowie’s most popular songs below: