Tributes have poured in for David Bowie from around the world and beyond, with celebrities, politicians and astronauts praising the singer's legacy.
David Bowie tragically lost his battle to cancer over the weekend, just days after his 69th birthday.
Tributes to the musical genius flooded Twitter following the sad announcement of his passing, with hundreds of stars paying their respects to the Ziggy Stardust hitmaker.
Listen to an NZME radio tribute to Bowie below
A-list names like Madonna, Ricky Gervais and Kanye West led the mass influx of messages as celebrities took to social media in their droves to share their memories of the idol, thanking him for his unforgettable influence on music.
Gervais, who had just finished hosting the Golden Globes ceremony, wrote that he had "just lost a hero," while West called him "one of my most important inspirations".
Iggy Pop said his friendship with the star was "the light of my life".
Kiwi pop star Lorde, who met Bowie in 2013 penned a Facebook post saying she "woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of Japanese whiskey, gulped last night after the news came."
She said the night she met Bowie changed something in her.
"I felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit."
Celebs pay tribute to David Bowie
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
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
Hope it's beautiful wherever you are, Sir. We barely deserved you. #RIPDavidBowie— christina ricci (@ChristinaRicci) January 11, 2016
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
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.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. A true InspIration pic.twitter.com/My0BrfSqgS— PIXIES (@PIXIES) January 11, 2016
Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today - I think the world owes him that.— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 11, 2016
RIP to a true legend. David Bowie pic.twitter.com/hAfuRb67nv— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 11, 2016
I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me - I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) January 11, 2016
He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016
The great David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige pic.twitter.com/3lxs6thgLg— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 11, 2016
.@DavidBowieReal is a legend. He changed the way people thought about music, and gender, and fame. He was huge to me.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 11, 2016
I dont know what to say, Bowie was one of th biggest influences in my life,I feel devastated right now.Thank you Bowie for all you gave me:crying_cat_face:— LADYHAWKE (@ladyhawkeforyou) January 11, 2016
It's sad to lose Bowie, but it beautiful to think millions of people across the world are listening to his music right now.— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) January 11, 2016