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Tributes Pour In For Rock Legend David Bowie

Flowers and other mementos piled up beneath a mural of David Bowie painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, South London. i

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Flowers and other mementos piled up beneath a mural of David Bowie painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, South London.

Flowers and other mementos piled up beneath a mural of David Bowie painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, South London.

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Tributes to iconic rock musician David Bowie are pouring in, as fellow musicians, celebrities, world leaders and even astronauts reflect on what Bowie meant to them.

A statement on Bowie's Facebook page said that he died peacefully, "surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer."

His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Bowie's death comes just days after the release of his album Blackstar. His longtime producer Tony Visconti called that album a "parting gift" in a post on Facebook.

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...

Posted by Tony Visconti on Monday, January 11, 2016

Our friends at NPR Music put together a playlist of their favorite Bowie songs, from classics like "Rebel Rebel" and "Moonage Daydream" to new tracks from the Blackstar album. Listen to it here.

Many social media users were pointing to a newly released music video from his final single, "Lazarus," which opens with the words, "Look up here, I'm in heaven."

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"Lazarus is probably the most haunting sign-off any musician has given," said one Twitter user.

Lyrics to "Lazarus"

Look up here, I'm in heaven

I've got scars that can't be seen

I've got drama, can't be stolen

Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I'm in danger

I've got nothing left to lose

I'm so high it makes my brain whirl

Dropped my cell phone down below

Ain't that just like me

By the time I got to New York

I was living like a king

Then I used up all my money

I was looking for your ass

This way or no way

You know, I'll be free

Just like that bluebird

Now ain't that just like me

Oh I'll be free

Just like that bluebird

Oh I'll be free

Ain't that just like me

British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Facebook that Bowie "provided a soundtrack to our lives," and left "a body of work that people will still be listening to in a 100 years time."

David Bowie was someone who people of my age, and those quite a bit older, felt we grew up with. He provided a...

Posted by David Cameron on Monday, January 11, 2016

Scores of musicians emphasized Bowie's influence on their work:

Tributes to the "Space Oddity" singer were not confined to Earth. British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted from the International Space Station.

This was the scene at one London tube station today:

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