Music legend David Bowie died at the age of 69 on Sunday after a long battle with cancer, and the news of his passing has hit the world hard.
Many of the iconic performer's famous friends and devoted fans have taken to Twitter and Instagram to share their condolences, their memories and their grief over the loss of one of entertainment's most groundbreaking and influential figures.
Ricky Gervais, who had just completed hosting the Golden Globes, shared his heartbreak on Twitter, writing: "I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
In 2006, Bowie appeared with Gervais on the comedian's British sitcom Extras.
Here are some of the many heartfelt and emotional tributes being paid to Bowie in celebration of his illustrious career and his revolutionary life.
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
David Bowie. 💔 rip - you rock our souls pic.twitter.com/xCt8GrStsP— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) January 11, 2016
RIP. There will only ever be 1 David Bowie. We love you. 🙏🏼⚡️ pic.twitter.com/P9KfRmj7yZ— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) January 11, 2016
deeply sad to hear about david bowie / his work means more to me than I can express. what incredible things he did that last forever— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 11, 2016
Such shocking, awful news. RIP David Bowie.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 11, 2016
R.I.P. David Bowie. You were an icon, you changed the idea of what a man should be, your musical genius will live on pic.twitter.com/29ijZOh6Kp— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016
Just hearing about #DavidBowie! My condolences to his family and love ones! Your music will remain with this always!🙏— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. When he said he didn't like children & I told him he was once one, he said, No, I was born a Rock God. 😜Rock 'em in heaven!— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 11, 2016
Songwriting, music owes David Bowie a great debt. Such sad sad news. RIP Bowie.— benjamin folds (@BenFolds) January 11, 2016
Oh God, rest in peace the genius that was David Bowie.— bob saget (@bobsaget) 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
Find it hard to believe David Bowie has died. What an incredible life— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) January 11, 2016
Very saddened to hear about David Bowie. Timeless music by a fearless artist...thank you.-RP— Nickelback (@Nickelback) January 11, 2016
Devastated to hear about David Bowie. A true legend who will live forever in his cultural impact. Wow.— HALSEY (@halsey) January 11, 2016
#davidBowie R.I.P you were one of the great ones! Glad I got to host you on yahoo awards first show!— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) January 11, 2016
You were my all time. You were the greatest. We'll miss you more than you'll ever know. #DavidBowie We're all Aladdin Sane— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) January 11, 2016
In the days before his death, Bowie's wife, model Iman, shared a number of tweets that resonate strongly in the wake of her husband's passing, including a post shared on Saturday that read: "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
For more on the celebrated life and legacy of David Bowie, check out the video below.