Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH), Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT), Krist Novoselic (NIRVANA), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Gene Simmons (KISS) and Brian May (QUEEN) are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of David Bowie, who died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.
Bowie died just three days after releasing his 25th studio album, "Blackstar".
The singer, songwriter, actor and fashion icon reportedly kept his 18-month battle with cancer so private that even close friends weren't aware of his struggle.
Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove, who worked with David on the "Lazarus" Broadway production, told DutchNews that Bowie told him he had liver cancer, because he needed him to know he would be too sick to attend rehearsals. "He said that because he knew that he may not always be able to be around," Ivo van Hove told DutchNews.
"Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say," Ivo told the site. "I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that."
Just a month before his death, David attended the premiere of "Lazarus" in New York City in what turned out to be one of his last public appearances.
There aren't words enough to express the feeling of loss in this moment. RIP David. You will be… https://t.co/9N2DkKLzJt
— Slash (@Slash) January 11, 2016
David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie's “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me. pic.twitter.com/N1nkD9h82W
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 11, 2016
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 11, 2016
Just came off stage to the news... Ziggy is my #5 album of ALL TIME and Life On Mars & Space Oddity two of my fav songs EVER #RIPDavidBowie
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) January 11, 2016
Truly sorry about David Bowie's passing. Another one of the Greatest Ones. *Michael*
— Michael Monroe (@michaelmonroe) January 11, 2016
I am grateful to David Bowie for everything he has done for me and millions of others. His art profoundly changed my life! #RIPDavidBowie
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) January 11, 2016
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. Thanks for defining what it means to be a true artist and visionary.
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) January 11, 2016
David Bowie: The cleverest and most interestingly brilliant man of our time. What a vacuum he leaves, and how he will be missed. Roger
— Queen Official (@QueenWillRock) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace, David. pic.twitter.com/9Kv9yM9igh
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 11, 2016
David Bowie really, really was the best.
— Nirvana (@Nirvana) January 11, 2016
Thank you for the music David Bowie.
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) January 11, 2016
R.I.P. Thin White Duke…You inspired me to be more than a musician.You inspired me to be an artist my whole life.? pic.twitter.com/YCy7JxoOQW
— ⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) 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
I simply cannot believe we now live in a world without Bowie. pic.twitter.com/qvMADZ1ryT
— William DuVall (@WilliamDuvall) January 11, 2016
Sleep well dear?thanks for helping me to continually change?my house guest while you were Making Station to Station pic.twitter.com/njVj5iXPfn
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) January 11, 2016
RIP ZIGGY... Bowie... LEGEND. ThankU for leaving a legacy. You and Lemmy this year. We know U are sitting in a tin can far above the world!
— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) January 11, 2016
David Bowie R.I.P. Few artists can only dream to reach his level. Always ahead of his time. pic.twitter.com/1Z7nvNUI8k
— Tarja Turunen (@tarjaofficial) January 11, 2016
Bowie. Fuck... Never be another like you.
— MEGA-GEEK MELTDOWN!! (@CoreyTaylorRock) January 11, 2016
Goodbye to the man of many faces. Your art will always be beautiful and inspiring. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/qxcMKcW648
— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) January 11, 2016
The very first record I ever bought was a "Space Oddity". 45 single. R.I.P. Sir. https://t.co/E0NblYp9kn
— Tommy Victor (Prong) (@prongmusic) January 11, 2016
Well, that settles it. If David Bowie can die, then the rest of us mere mortals most certainly are going to #Bowie
— Damon Johnson (@DamonJOfficial) January 11, 2016
— Brent Smith (@TheBrentSmith) January 11, 2016
Man I am just gutted to find this out!!! RIP David Bowie at 69. Had no idea he was battling cancer. Just gutted.... https://t.co/9fxHKWfaQ7
— Stacey Blades (@stacey_blades) January 11, 2016
— Bill #NYROnMSG#LGR (@metalgod41) January 11, 2016
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) January 11, 2016
— Jesse Leach (@EyeAgainstI) January 11, 2016
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) January 11, 2016
Very saddened to hear about David Bowie. Timeless music by a fearless artist...thank you.-RP
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) January 11, 2016
The world loses another rockstar! FUCK! Goodbye Mr.Bowie it was a pleasure to meet you! https://t.co/glVZNex3ca
— T❍mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) January 11, 2016
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) January 11, 2016