Stars pay tribute to 'fearless' and 'brilliant' David Bowie

Agence France-Presse
A woman leaves a bouquet at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016.
Stefan Wermuth

The death of music icon David Bowie drew tributes from around the world Monday, with leading figures from music and show business recalling his transformation of music and trailblazing, androgynous style.

Here are some of the reactions:

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney:

"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."

"His star will shine in the sky forever."


"Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!"

"This great Artist changed my life."

The Rolling Stones:

"The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original."

Friend and collaborator Iggy Pop:

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

Long-term Bowie producer Tony Visconti:

"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."

Kanye West: 

"David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."

US singer and producer Pharrell Williams:

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

British Prime Minister David Cameron:

"I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss."

British comedian Ricky Gervais:

"I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."

German foreign ministry:

"Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall."