Ronnie Wood: “God bless David, I shall miss him. It’s a bit of a shock. Even though his health hasn’t been good for years, nobody likes to lose such a great talent. We used to have great laugh because he had a great sense of humor.”

Keith Richards: “I’m deeply saddened by such a sudden shock. David was a true original in everything he did and, along with many others, I’m going to miss him. Another goodbye to another good friend.”

Steven Tyler: “HEART BROKEN BY THE PASSING OF DAVID BOWIE…YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY WHO YOU LOVED AND WHO LOVED YOU AND THE MOMENTS IN YOUR SONGS THAT TAUGHT US HOW TO LIVE…MUCH LOVE AND WHITE LIGHT DAVID.”

Ian Hunter, who, with Mott the Hoople, had a hit with Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes”: “David wrote some wonderful songs. I was lucky enough to sing one of them – and it changed my life. My heart goes out to his wife, son and daughter. R.I.P. David.”

Sting:Trudie and I were totally captivated by his energetic charm, his extraordinary music, his art and his unique spirit. We will never forget him.”

Van Morrison: “I was sorry to hear of the passing of David Bowie. A genuinely original artist who always had something to say.”

Robbie Robertson: “Whenever I ran into David Bowie he was such an incredible gentlemen. He made me feel like it had only been days since the last time we’d seen each other when in fact, many years had passed. He had a massive impact on the evolution of rock music and his imagination was awe inspiring. I was completely shocked when I received the news, but I have deep respect for the privacy that he clearly cherished during this difficult time. Blessings to his family.”

Rick Nielsen: “David Bowie, a creative musical genius. With Respect, ‘Words Can Never Say It’. In Heaven with Mick Ronson.”

Brian Wilson: “I was shocked to hear about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded ‘God Only Knows’ – he was a great artist and will be missed.”

Bono: “As a teenager, Bowie was our Elvis. They shared the same birthday and they both took music somewhere no one thought it could go. It was his other worldliness that took us all away. A sense that we are not just earth bound creatures…”

The Edge: “The impact that Bowie had on the culture was immense. Next to The Beatles he stands as the most influential artist of all time. He truly altered the course of music history.”

Phil Collins: “I find it sobering when people of your era start falling off. I didn’t know he was battling cancer. I don’t think too many people did. Bowie was heralded. Everybody seemed to like David. He was always interesting. He was always doing something that was not inside the box, always reinventing himself. You never knew what to expect and that made him one of a kind… Surprising.”

Angie Bowie, his first wife and mother of his son Duncan: “I haven’t seen him in so many years — I can’t make a big drama out of it. I just feel like an era has ended with his passing. I’m so very sad. The stardust is gone.”

Gene Simmons, as told to TMZ: “David Bowie was a kind man. Never said a bad thing about anybody. I met him in 1975 — before we had our big years — walked into the recording studio when he was recording new tracks. He smiled and stuck out his hand and says, ‘Hello, wonderful to meet you.’ No rock star panderings. No ego. It was a lesson I took to heart, which I’ve tried to do today. I mean he was a giant. In a world that’s filled with famous rappers and pop stars — fame is one thing — David Bowie was an icon.”

Gene Simmons on David Bowie. OC:…he was an icon. :39 [Courtesy of TMZ]

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