On Twitter, fans paid heartfelt homage to Mr Bowie, referencing the personas of Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke that made him such a cultural icon.
Among the most moving tweets was this one from Twitter user Dean Podesta, retweeted several times since.
If you're ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.— Dean Podesta (@JeSuisDean) January 10, 2016
Much of Mr Bowie's music was space-themed, with titles like Life On Mars and Starman. His first hit Space Oddity was covered in actual orbit by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while on board the International Space Station. Commander Hadfield's version was later rescued from a copyright morass with the help of David Bowie himself. Chris Hadfield and British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted:
Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman. pic.twitter.com/FbcxlAzces— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 11, 2016
Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer - his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016
The universe has a Bowie-shaped hole in it. Of course the stars look different:
Fans of space opera Star Wars tweeted about The Man Who Fell To Earth:
May you live on with the force David Bowie pic.twitter.com/RxxS4HxG3l— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) January 12, 2016
There were suggestions on how best to honour, remember and celebrate him.
Today, in honor of David Bowie, please take a little time to work on that weird thing you secretly create, whatever it is. He'd want you to.— Rose Eveleth (@roseveleth) January 11, 2016
I loved David Bowie because you knew if it was OK for him to be David Bowie it was just fine to be yourself— shut up, mike (@shutupmikeginn) January 11, 2016
There will never be another David Bowie, but there will always be the memory of him and the light he brought into this world will warm it forever.