Tributes have been pouring in from across the creative world following the shock death of musical icon David Bowie.

London-born Bowie has died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer.

His son, director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was released on his official social media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.

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

Among the tributes on Twitter so far include the below: