The iconic musician died at 69 on Sunday
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After news of David Bowie’s death was announced late Sunday night, the Internet assumed a deep, introspective mourning. Fans around the world lamented the loss of such a singular, otherworldly legend, reflecting on the magic Bowie moments that had inspired, challenged and mesmerized them over the course of his 40-plus-year career. (His 25th album, Blackstar, hit stores on Jan. 8, his birthday.)

As fans awoke to the news, they took to Twitter to process their grief and share memories of Bowie, piecing together the elements of his spectacular iconicity.

As James Moran put it in a tweet: “I love how we all found Bowie at different times, and all met a different person. He was a Time Lord, and we were briefly his companions.” //

Twitter user Dean Podesta offered some of the most comforting words: “If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”