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Tributes pour in to 'master of re-invention' David Bowie after musician's death

Stars from Kanye West to Blue singer Antony Costa pay their respects to the musical great, who lived in west London for a spell during his youth

David Bowie performs at The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004 (Jo Hale/Getty Images)(Image: Jo Hale/Getty Images)

Tributes have been paid to rock legend David Bowie , who died on Sunday (January 10) aged 69, following a long battle with cancer.

The hugely influential musician had lived for a brief spell in Maida Vale , Kensington and Chelsea during his 20s, before setting up home in the US.

A message posted on his official Facebook page on Monday morning (January 11) read: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

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Stars as diverse as Kanye West and Blue frontman Antony Costa were among those queuing up to pay their respects, showing how far reaching a musical legacy he leaves.

Kanye tweeted: "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime", while Antony Costa wrote "Such sad news..icon and legend R.I.P".

David Bowie with his wife Iman in 2010 (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)(Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

David Cameron also hailed the impact of the man whose many different personas included Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.

"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," wrote the Prime Minister.

Bowie, who was born David Robert Jones in Brixton in 1947, had a huge catalogue of hits including Space Oddity, Life on Mars and Rebel Rebel to name but a few.

He spent the majority of his childhood in Bromley, Kent, before moving to west London in his early 20s, where he lived briefly in Westminster, South Kensington, Maida Vale and Chelsea. In 1974, he moved to the US, where he would spend the rest of his life.

A black plaque in Heddon Street, Westminster, marks the location of the cover shot of his iconic 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

He recorded 27 studio albums, eight live albums and ten compilation albums. His most recent album, Blackstar, was released just three days ago.

getwestlondon revealed last year that were the UK singles chart based on physical sales alone he would have been the second most successful artist at the time - behind Iron Maiden.

He was married to the model Iman and had two children, the film director Duncan Jones and Alexandria 'Lexi' Zahra Jones.

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