Celebrity Reactions To David Bowie's Death Show Why His Legacy Will Live Forever
Musician David Bowie, who many say transcended music into the worlds of art and fashion, died on Sunday at 69 — two days after his birthday, according to the New York Times. Though many knew he had been battling cancer for the last 18 months, it seems that very few people knew just how bad it really was. Celebrity reactions to David Bowie's death are full of shock and sadness. Many musicians credited Bowie as their inspiration to be more creative or to try to affect disciplines outside of music.
Bowie's death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning, according to the Times. A tweet from his official Facebook page said, "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family," and asked that people respect the family's privacy and grieving process. As the Times put it, Bowie wrote about being different, about being, "an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut."
When he performed he was famous for his style of dress, his hair, and also his characteristic makeup, which would take the form of some kind of brightly-colored shape across his face or on his forehead. Bowie wasn't afraid to make a spectacle of himself — it was part of his approach to music and art. And it affected people. The entire nation of Germany even sent out a thank you to Bowie on Monday. The German Foreign Ministry tweeted, "Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall," in reference to the Berlin Wall, according to the Associated Press.
Celebrities also took to Twitter to express their grief on Monday. Musicians from all different genres paid some kind of tribute to Bowie, because he really reinvented the way the world thinks of music and its influence on everything else.
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
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
song of the day: REBEL REBEL - DAVID BOWIE #RIPBowie— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) January 11, 2016
..who else could make such a brilliantly executed exit. Always in style. I cry today but still marvel at the genius timing. #DavidBowie— Peter Bjorn And John (@PeterBjornJohn) January 11, 2016
The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie... 1/2— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) 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
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
DEVASTATED... A LEGEND IS GONE✨✨— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016
Find it hard to believe David Bowie has died. What an incredible life— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) January 11, 2016
Oh God, rest in peace the genius that was David Bowie.— bob saget (@bobsaget) January 11, 2016
Absolutely devastated by the death of Bowie. Cannot process this. At this point, the world makes no sense. RIP David. You were a genius.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 11, 2016
David Bowie has been my musical north star my entire life. This hurts even more for people close to me. He will NEVER be surpassed, never.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) January 11, 2016
Never imagined a world without him. He has ascended into the cosmos from whence he came. Farewell, David Bowie— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 11, 2016
R.I.P. David Bowie. You were an icon, you changed the idea of what a man should be, your musical genius will live on pic.twitter.com/29ijZOh6Kp— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016
RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) 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
Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 11, 2016
Whoopi Goldberg's tribute talked about the time she met Bowie in the '80s, according to her Instagram:
My condolences to the family of The Legendary artist David Bowie may he he rest in peace! Here's a flashback in the 80's during MTV's Rock and Comedy Concert - Backstage at Battery Park in New York ...
"But the key to the city is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky..." #DavidBowie— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) January 11, 2016
It's clear that Bowie really will live on forever through his music and through the memories of the many talented people he worked with or influenced.
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