World Reacts to David Bowie’s Death
Fans gathered at David Bowie’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to hold a candlelit vigil in the hours after his death, as tributes were paid at his former homes in London and Germany.
The iconic singer passed away on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, and the news has sent shockwaves across the music industry, with stars including Madonna, Kanye West, and Queen, who recorded “Under Pressure” with Bowie, offering tributes alongside world leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The news also sparked an outpouring of grief among fans, many of whom flocked to Bowie’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in the early hours of Monday morning to hold a candlelit vigil in his honor.
Floral tributes also began to mount at a Bowie mural in the singer’s native Brixton, south London, and bosses of the local Ritzy cinema posted a moving message to the hometown hero outside the building, which reads, “David Bowie Our Brixton Boy RIP.” Locals have also organized a street party to take place outside the venue on Monday night to celebrate the star’s life.
Two buskers performed Bowie songs outside the house in Stansfield Road, London where the singer spent his early childhood, and floral tributes built up in Heddon Street, London, the location of the iconic image on the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. A shrine was also created outside the house in Berlin, Germany where he lived during the 1970s working on a trilogy of albums which included his 1977 masterpiece Heroes.
At an afterparty for the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, a DJ reacted to the shocking news by playing several Bowie songs back-to-back, and a hugely popular exhibition dedicated to his career was opened to accommodate grieving fans in Holland on Monday, a day when the display is usually closed.
The show, titled “David Bowie Is,” was a phenomenal success when it opened in London in 2013 and it has since been touring the world.
The sad news of the singer’s death comes shortly after plans for a Bowie tribute concert in New York were unveiled. The gig at Carnegie Hall was due to feature acts including Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell, Heart’s Ann Wilson, and The Roots honoring his career achievements.
It is not yet known if the event, scheduled for March 31, will go ahead, but organizer Michael Dorf wrote in a post on Twitter, “So sad. Our show, the timing….” before retweeting an article about the concert.