By Rishi Iyengar
Updated: January 11, 2016 11:01 AM ET

Music legend David Bowie died Sunday aged 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer. The pop icon’s death was announced on his Facebook page early Monday morning, and confirmed by his son Duncan Jones on Twitter soon after.

Social media immediately erupted with messages of mourning, including from several of his contemporaries and peers in the music industry. The German Foreign Ministry thanked for his help in unifying East and West Germany.

His life and work was particularly priased by the musicians he worked with or those who were inspired by him.

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Other celebrities including actor Bob Saget and Sunday night’s Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais also tweeted their condolences, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Hundreds of other netizens shared tributes in their own way, with many sharing pictures and videos of some of his most memorable performances and flamboyant costumes.

Bowie, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, had marked the occasion by releasing his latest album Blackstar.


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