The internet was buzzing this morning, with the terrible news that beloved icon, David Bowie, has died aged 69 following an 18-month long struggle with cancer.
The shockwaves are palpable from one generation to the next, which is testament to the influence that the singer has had over the course of his long career. Tributes are being paid across social media – from fans sharing their favourite Bowie songs on Facebook, to sharing artwork and expressing their sadness on Twitter.
A painting by my 10 year old brother shows that young kids, from my mum’s generation to those today, understand it. pic.twitter.com/415Eqg05Y2
— BREAK DOWN AND CRY (@Scaremongerings) January 11, 2016
Me (nervously): Hi David, I’m the singer in The Charlatans. We’re playing before you. Bowie (sweetly): I know Tim. I know. *Life made*
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 11, 2016
Today is a day of mourning in our not so perfect world. One of my heroes #DavidBowie has died today and along with him a little piece of us.
— Austin Colgrove (@vgamegeek13) January 11, 2016
One thing’s for sure, Bowie’s death does not mean he will be forgotten. The man of many faces – from Ziggy Stardust, to the Thin White Duke to Goblin Man – lives on in every single one of his fans, and there’s got to be some solace in that.
Words by Beth Kirkbride