If you need any proof of the breadth of David Bowie’s influence on art and culture, look no further than the many tributes that have poured out over the last few hours. The legendary artist, who died on Sunday at the age of 69, touched the lives of fashionistas, rappers, rock stars, filmmakers, theater performers, and everyone in between. Below, a collection of just some of the many artists who found inspiration and joy in his work.
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
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
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
Heathen is my favorite latter-day Bowie album, because you have to divvy it up. It's like 6 different heroes passed away today.-- Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 11, 2016
Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. he changed the world forever.Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
Everyone is sharing their memories of Bowie. Mine are all from a distance, growing up seeing him change the face of music time and again-- Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 11, 2016
@DavidBowieReal I love you David. You changed my life. I cannot believe it. Thank you for everything!-- Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 11, 2016
It feels like we lost something elemental, as if an entire color is gone. #DavidBowie-- Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) January 11, 2016
was in a session when the news about Bowie broke. we watched "black star". the session was over. no point.-- el-p (@therealelp) January 11, 2016
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E-- Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016
can't believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie 💙 pic.twitter.com/oXMq6HuhWY-- HAIM (@HAIMtheband) January 11, 2016
So sad to hear David Bowie has passed. Impossible to overstate his legacy and the influence he had on so many musicians including us.— The National (@The_National) January 11, 2016
Musician Owen Pallet had a particularly touching Bowie story to share:
And his longtime producer and collaborator Tony Visconti paid tribute on Facebook:
And his son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, revealed a lovely photo of himself as a child, with his father.
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
Update, Jan. 11, 2016: In a statement to the BBC, longtime collaborator and friend Brian Eno shared his own heartfelt memories of Bowie:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.