Portsmouth music fans join tributes to David Bowie

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Portsmouth music fans today joined tributes to rock star David Bowie, who has has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.

A posting on his official Facebook page said the singer, whose 69th birthday was on January 8, died yesterday, surrounded by his loved ones.

David Bowie

David Bowie

A tweet posted on his verified Twitter account also linked to the announcement.

It read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

His son, film director Duncan Jones tweeted: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Many fans from the Portsmouth area posted their tributes on our Facebook page.

Here are just a few:-

Jemma Hawkins said: ‘My husband is David too (named for Bowie). A legend, I loved David Bowie as Jareth in The Labyrinth. Thinking of his family at this sad time. RIP xxxx’

Andy Valvona wrote: ‘I’ll never forget watching David Bowie at Earls Court in 1978 - fantastic performance from a true superstar. RIP to one of my musical heroes from my teenage years. (after him, Marc Bolan, Freddie Mercury, Jimmy Hendrix, John Lennon, Joe Strummer, and Joey Ramone, and others, there aren’t a lot of them left now!)’

Nikki Bone said Bowie was an ‘absolute legend.’ She added: ‘So sad. Playing his songs all day long. Hope his album goes straight to No.1. Thank you David Bowie xx’

David Clements said: ‘A truly great Star , a big loss to music , No more pain . RIP David Bowie.’

And Clare Costa wrote:- ‘David Bowie legend and goblin king thank you for my childhood memories. The world has fallen down, Major Tom x’

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