‘I lost a hero’: The most emotional tributes to the late David Bowie

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As news of the death of David Bowie filtered through the media this morning, fans of all ages and from all walks of life expressed their shock and sadness.

The singer, who was 69, passed away "peacefully" after an 18-month battle with cancer, a statement from his family revealed earlier today.

Bowie had just released his new album, Blackstar, on January 8, which it's now become clear was his way of saying goodbye to the world.

Unsurprisingly, social media has been awash with tributes to the iconic star, many of them from Hollywood:

Golden Globes presenter Ricky Gervais was one of many stars who tweeted just hours after the ceremony ended:

Kanye West paid tribute to an inspiration:

And even David Cameron shared some memories of the singer:

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