After initial hopes that it was just another death hoax, the sad news was slowly confirmed online, including this post on Facebook:
Bowie's son, film director Duncan Jones, further confirmed the sad news, although he didn't elaborate on the star's surprising battle with cancer:
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
According to CNN, Duncan Jones's mother, Bowie's first wife, Angela, is sequestered on the U.K. series "Celebrity Big Brother." Producers told her of Bowie's death off-camera and she chose to stay on the show. Iman, Bowie's wife of 24 years, has yet to release a statement of any kind, but she did tweet birthday wishes for Bowie and a January 10 note that may have been a reference to her late husband.
Tributes have been pouring in on Monday, with many musicians honoring David Bowie (born David Jones) as a personal inspiration and hero:
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. - Iggy Pop"— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016
If I had a god, it was and will always be David Bowie ⚡️— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) January 11, 2016
But also celebrating the man that introduced me to androgyny, glam, & rock 'n roll. He always made me feel less alone in this crazy world.— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) January 11, 2016
In addition to being a music icon, Bowie also had many acting credits to his name -- from "Labyrinth" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth," to playing Nikola Tesla in "The Prestige," Andy Warhol in "Basquiat," Pontius Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ," and himself in "Zoolander" and "Extras," among others.
Here's to a true legend.
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