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Iggy Pop, Tony Visconti lead tributes to David Bowie

11 January 2016, 10:05 | Written by Laurence Day

Tributes from friends, collaborators, and fans have been pouring in following the news that David Bowie has died.

The seminal artist passed away following an 18-month battle with cancer shortly after his 69th birthday and the release of 25th studio album Blackstar.

Iggy Pop:

"David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is."

Tony Visconti:

"He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

Nile Rodgers (Chic):

The Rolling Stones:

Brian Eno:

Massive Attack:

Kendrick Lamar:


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Emily Eavis:

Michael Eavis:

"He came in '71 with lovely, long flowing hair like a hippie, he was fantastically beautiful and nobody knew who he was. He played at four in the morning at sunrise, songs that we’d never heard before and it was great fun. He's one of the three greatest, there is Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. I was only half awake because I'd been up all night, I thought, 'Who is this fellow?'. I've no idea now what he sang then."


Annie Lennox:

Ricky Gervais:


Yoko Ono:

"John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

"After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

"For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever."

Win Butler (Arcade Fire and DJ Windows 98):


"This is our last dance..."

Kanye West:

German Foreign Office:

"You are now among Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the wall."

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President Of The Pontifical Council for Culture:

Commander Chris Hadfield:

Regina Spektor:

Guillermo del Toro:

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