As with every other music-lover out there in the world today, I am absolutely floored by this sad news. I do not profess to be a Bowie fan (I could never 'click' with his music, although I have many tracks I love), but as a music fan I have nothing but respect and admiration for this mercurial and unique man.
The word 'legend' gets thrown around far too easily these days, but there can be no argument about David Bowie. One of our most influential and original artists, he walked his own path, did his own thing and always kept us guessing. Quite simply, he was one of the best - up there with Elvis and Lennon (and dear Freddie, of course) and music fans across the globe (Bowie fans or not) have lost someone who - like the few other true legends - simply cannot be replaced.
Today is a dark day; it actually takes me back to that Monday morning in November, 1991 when I found out Freddie had passed (although obviously without the added emotion of being a passionate fan). Another rare talent has left us. Music will be a lot quieter and duller without you around, but it will never, ever forget you.
Sweet dreams, Mr Jones. x