Prime Minister, archbishop and entertainers pay tribute to David Bowie

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FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called ‘A Reality Tour’ at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

David Bowie’s death from cancer at the age of 69, which was announced early Monday, drew tributes from the world of politics, religion and astronomy as well as entertainment.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby both spoke fondly of listening to the “Space Oddity” singer’s music while coming of age of the 1970s. Welby, who holds the most prominent position in the Anglican Church, called Bowie an “extraordinary person.”

“I’m very, very saddened to hear of his death,” the archbishop told the BBC. “I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly … and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had.”

Others paid tribute on social media, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson and astronaut Tim Peake

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

Terrible news to hear Brixton born David Bowie has died. No one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius

— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) January 11, 2016

Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal

— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) 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

I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) 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

David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace ���� #RIPDavidBowie

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016

Never imagined a world without him. He has ascended into the cosmos from whence he came. Farewell, David Bowie

— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 11, 2016

Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. he changed the world forever.

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016

Rest in peace David Bowie… Universe traveler dream bringer song singer… I’m glad you were here and will keep listening, as always…❤️

— regina spektor (@respektor) January 11, 2016

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