'We Had So Many Good Times Together': Mick Jagger, Madonna and Paul McCartney Lead All-Star Tributes to David Bowie

Celebrities paid tribute to David Bowie after learning he has died at 69 after a battle with cancer

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Paul McCartney, Madonna and Mick Jagger are among a slew of stars posting tributes to music legend David Bowie following the news that he has had died at 69 after a battle with cancer.

Madonna posted a string of heartfelt messages on her Twitter account paying tribute to the late singer.

“Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!” she tweeted on Monday along with a photo of Bowie.

She soon posted an old photo of herself with Bowie, writing, “So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!” She included a heart emoji.

She took to Facebook to post a lengthy tribute about the singer, writing that Bowie “changed the course of my life forever.”

She recalled a time when she sneaked out of the house with her friend to attend one of Bowie’s concerts.

“We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn’t care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious,” she wrote.

McCartney too posted an old photo of himself with the musician and included a statement, vowing to remember “the great laughs we had through the years.”

“Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together,” McCartney wrote in the statement.

Jagger uploaded a two-part post to Twitter, calling Bowie a “true original” who was “wonderfully shameless in his work.”

“We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him,” Jagger tweeted alongside an old photo of him with Bowie.

Yoko Ono posted a tribute of her own, tweeting a message that described her and John Lennon‘s relationship with Bowie.

“As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family,” she wrote, adding: “After John died, David was always there for Sean and me.”

Elton John shared a photo of his friend, captioning it, “I am still in shock. Never saw it coming. My deepest condolences to Iman and the family. An amazing life. An amazing career.”

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Bowie’s longtime friend and collaborator Brian Eno said the musician’s death came as “a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him.”

Eno added: “I feel a huge gap now.”

The British musician said that he and Bowie knew each other for more than 40 years, adding that he last spoke with Bowie about a week ago via email.

“It was as funny as always, as as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did,” Eno said of the email. “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.”

Kanye West told his fans on Twitter: “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.” While Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais said he had “just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.”

Songwriter Linda Perry tweeted: “Oh this is terrible news. We lost an extremely important and influential artist. David Bowie has been a huge inspiration and will be missed.”

Justin Timberlake posted a photo of the late singer on Instagram with the caption: “I can never express into words how you will continue to inspire me… Thank you for showing a pimple-faced, curly-mopped kid that DIFFERENT was THE THING TO BE. A GENIUS for the ages and the ages to come.”

Actress Evan Rachel Wood said: “I am shaking and crying over David Bowie. No other musician meant more to me than him. Devastated.”

Elizabeth Hurley posted a picture of the star, sharing: “Goodbye brilliant, talented David Bowie. What a loss to music and the world. RIP”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.”

Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan – who has both shared the stage and collaborated with Bowie – remembered him in a statement, saying: “When a true star blinks out, the sky looks different, and never feels the same.”

Astronaut Tim Peake also paid tribute to the “starman.”

In a statement, The Recording Academy described Bowie as a “renaissance man and visionary artist with extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, performer, actor and producer” as well as “a musical hero to millions.”

“David was a true original who influenced so many and his art with live on forever,” the academy said in the statement. “We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, creative collaborators and to all of David’s fans across the globe.”

The news was released late Sunday on his Official Facebook page.

A statement to fans read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie’s son Duncan took to Twitter to confirm the news himself shortly afterwards, writing: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

The “Starman” singer is survived by his supermodel wife Iman, their child Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra, and his son Duncan, from his first marriage to Angela Bowie.

Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday by releasing his twenty-fifth and final studio album Blackstar.

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