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Rockers React to David Bowie’s Passing

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The sad news of David Bowie‘s death has prompted many of his friends, peers and famous fans in the rock community to share their grief, tributes and memories on social media.

According to Bowie’s representatives, he passed peacefully on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer, dying two days after he celebrated his 69th birthday with the release of his 25th studio LP, Blackstar. It’s a testament to his incredible career that celebrities from across the spectrum have lined up to honor Bowie in the hours since his death was made public, with musicians, actors and filmmakers among the many artists claiming his work as an influence.

Fellow British rock legends the Rolling Stones, the Who and Queen were some of the first to pay their respects. Describing their mood as “shocked and deeply saddened,” the Stones added, “As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist and a true original.” The Who offered condolences from Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, while Queen drummer Roger Taylor referred to Bowie as “The cleverest and most interestingly brilliant man of our time.”

Those serve as just a very small sample of the many Bowie tributes, more of which you can check out below from a varied cross-section of rockers that includes Jimmy Page and Peter Gabriel as well as Dee Snider, the Doobie Brothers and members of Mötley Crüe. The most poignant comment on Bowie’s passing came from his son, director Duncan Jones, who posted a photo of himself riding his father’s shoulders as a baby and added, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

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