Music legend David Bowie died on Jan. 10 at the age of 69, after his 18-month battle with cancer. The singer’s death was announced on his official social media accounts, saying, he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.”
“Very Sorry and sad to say it’s true,” wrote Bowie’s son, Bafta-winning film director Duncan Jones, on Twitter. “I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
BBC reports the music industry’s biggest artists paid tribute to the great star, including Sir Paul McCartney who released a statement saying Bowie was an “extraordinary artist.”
“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,” McCartney said.
Madonna paid tribute on Facebook saying she was “devastated” and thanked the “real genius” for inspiring her.
“I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious,” the queen of pop wrote. “His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.”
“Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot,” she ended her statement. “The world will miss you.”
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, as reported by the BBC, Bowie has an estimated net worth of 135 million with a total of 140 million albums sold since the release of his first record in 1967. His hit singles include “Heroes,” “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Modern Love” and “Under Pressure.”
His 25th studio album, “Blackstar,” was released on Friday, his birthday.
Long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti described Bowie’s new album as the artist’s “parting gift to the world.”
“His death was no different from his life a work of art,” Visconti wrote on Facebook. “He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.”