Celebrities Take to Instagram to Celebrate the Life of Bowie
The sad passing of the inimitable songwriter David Bowie has triggered an outpouring of emotion on social media across the world. Bowie died Sunday from cancer, just two days after his 69th birthday. The rock icon led the androgyny charge during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s and ushered in the disco soul sound with songs such as "Changes" and "Young Americans," which he co-wrote with John Lennon. Bowie was a true chameleon, evolving, adapting, and changing his personal and musical style with each era in order to contribute to the culture and time he was living in. “I suppose for me as an artist, it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in," he told GQ in 2002. Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, on his birthday, and producer Tony Visconti said Bowie made the record as a "parting gift for us." Celebrities around the world have honored Bowie's life and amazing contributions to music, art, and culture on Instagram today. Scroll down to read some of their heartfelt messages.
"He will live inside our hearts and continue to inspire forever." — Cara Delevingne
“So tragic to hear the news about David Bowie passing away. What a way to say goodbye with a beautiful new record just released. Rest in peace and sending @the_real_iman and his family all of our love and sympathy. There's a 'star man' waiting in the sky... Forever Bowie.” — Karen Elson
“Thank you, David Bowie, for all the artistry, creativity and music you put in this world. What a gift you gave us all.” — Reese Witherspoon
“And we'd talk with our eyes / Of the sweetness in our lives / And tomorrows of rich surprise / Some things we could do.” I don't know where you're going from here but I know it won't be boring. Thank you for the inspiration: For showing the world that it's more than okay to be exactly who you are, and live your creative expression. Thank you. #Bowie #StarMan Chase and love your own stardust, y'all. That's my #MondayMantra this week.” — Sophia Bush
“Bye Bye #DavidBowie. You gave so much to the world with your music and by being your beautiful self, you gave permission for millions to be themselves and celebrate individuality. What a gift to leave us with...& I will always remembered eating chocolate pizza with you in Rome #rip #Iconic #gamechanger.” — Amanda de Cadenet
“David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him.” — Mick Jagger
How did David Bowie impact your life? Share your favorite memory, personal tribute, or song below.