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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: Kent’s David Bowie was an extraordinary person

09:37 11 January 2016

Rock superstar David Bowie

Rock superstar David Bowie

Tributes start to pour in after shock death of one of the world’s most influential artists

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has joined the tributes flooding in this morning following the death, aged 69, of music legend David Bowie.

The superstar’s parents met at Tunbridge Wells’ cinema, and he lived in Maidstone and Bromley before making his name as one of the most influential performers of all time.

He passed away on Sunday after an unpublicised 18 month battle with cancer.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning, the Archbishop said he became a Bowie fan during the singer’s early rise to prominence.

He said: “I’m very, very saddened to hear of his death.

“I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ‘70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had.

“Extraordinary person.”

Others paying tribute include prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne and former PM Tony Blair.

Mr Blair said: “I am so sorry to hear the news of David Bowie’s death. I was a huge fan.

“From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student, I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being.

“It was a great privilege when I got to meet him later in life. My thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be deeply mourned.”

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