David Bowie performs in 1987 in New York City.
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January 11, 2016 8:57 AM EST

David Bowie fans have been sharing a touching letter the British musician wrote to his first American admirer nearly 50 years ago as tributes continue to pour in following the iconic artist’s death.

The music legend died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, his son and publicist announced. He had just turned 69.

Bowie was 20-years-old when he penned a letter back to his 14-year-old fan, Sandra Dodd, from New Mexico in 1967. She had just received a copy of his record as a gift from her uncle and offered to start up Bowie’s first fan club in the U.S., according to Buzzfeed News.

“A few moments ago I was handed my very first American fan letter – and it was from you,” Bowie wrote. “I was so pleased that I had to sit down and type an immediate reply.”

“There is a fan club here in England, but if things go well in the states then we’ll have one there I suppose. It’s a little early to even think about it,” he continued. “I hope one day to get to America. My manager tells me lots about it as he has been there many times with other acts he manages.”

The singer also tells his pen pal his real name, height and birthday. “In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it,” he wrote. “Thank you for being so kind as to write to me and do please write again and let me know some more about yourself.”

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