CHICAGO (FOX 32 News/ AP/ FOX News) - David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.
Bowie's death was announced early Monday, and drew tributes from the world of politics, religion and astronomy as well as entertainment.
Celebrities and fans all over the world took to Twitter to express grief, and a memorial grew outside Bowie's New York apartment building. Flowers and tributes also popped up in his previous homes overseas.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby both spoke fondly of listening to the "Space Oddity" singer's music while coming of age of the 1970s. Welby, who holds the most prominent position in the Anglican Church, called Bowie an "extraordinary person."
"I'm very, very saddened to hear of his death," the archbishop told the BBC. "I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly ... and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had."
Others paid tribute on social media, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson and astronaut Tim Peake.
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