News of English music icon David Bowie's death, first confirmed on social media, prompted musicians, actors and others inspired by his work to express their grief and gratitude on Twitter. 

Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, tweeted confirmation of the former Ziggy Stardust's death late Sunday night, and an official statement on Bowie's Facebook page was posted early Monday morning. 

His producer and longtime friend Tony Visconti also wrote on Facebook, calling Bowie's last album, Blackstar, "his parting gift." 

Musicians around the world and spanning genres from rock, to glam metal, to hip hop wrote of their admiration of Bowie, 69, and his work. 

Beyond the world of music, actors, comedians and authors mourned Bowie's death, and urged followers to listen to his music. 

Bowie's fans included at least two astronauts. 

And our prime minister. 

And even the Vatican was quoting Bowie lyrics on Twitter today. Gianfranco Ravasi is a cardinal and president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.