News tributes across the world for David Bowie

News of the death of rock legend David Bowie reverberates across the world.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JANUARY 11, 2016) (RU24 OFF AIR) – Newsreaders across the world announced the death of British rock star David Bowie on Monday (January 11).

In Russia, broadcaster N24 showed various black and white stills of Bowie during his trip in 1973 including one of him standing in Moscow’s Red Square.

In Germany, the newsreader described the 20th century music legend as “one of the most successful and valued singers in the history of pop and rock” saying he had topped the German music charts more than 500 times.

And US broadcasters MSNBC showed fans laying flowers against a Bowie mural in Brixton, South London, where the star was born.

David Bowie, the visionary British rock star who framed hits such as “Space Oddity” with flamboyant pop personas like “Ziggy Stardust” and androgynous displays of sexuality, died aged 69 after a secret battle with cancer.

The news sent shockwaves across the globe with tributes from ordinary fans, world leaders and musicians alike.

“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” the Stones said. “He was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”

Madonna said on Twitter: “Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he had grown up with Bowie’s music and described his death as “a huge loss”. The Vatican said: “Check ignition and may God’s love be with you” – borrowing a verse from Bowie’s first hit “Space Oddity”.