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Kev Geoghegan, Emma Saunders, Joel Gunter and Emma Ailes

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  1. 'Thank you, and remember, if it itches, play it'

    We are going to close our live coverage here, thank you for following. We'll leave you with some of David Bowie's own words, spoken to graduating music students at Berklee College, Massachusetts, in 1999.

    Quote Message: Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can't say that life's pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it.
    Quote Message: But it's allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely and a sublime means of communication when I wanted to touch people.
    Quote Message: It's been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in. I only hope that it embraces you with the same lusty life force that it graciously offered me.
    Quote Message: Thank you very much and remember, if it itches, play it.
    David Bowie
  2. Chris Hadfield: 'I'm delighted I got to play a little part'

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who recorded a hugely popular cover of Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station, spoke to the BBC about his affection for the singer.

    Quote Message: I was so sad to wake up this morning to the news ... The whole span of my adult life I've been listening to David Bowie so it is an irretrievable loss. It saddens me. I'm just delighted I got to play a little part in everything he's done.

    Commander Hadfield said that when people heard there was a musician on board the ISS there was a clamour on social media for him to record a version of Space Oddity. You can watch his hugely popular recording below.

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  3. Tears, hugs and an impromptu singalong in Brixton

    BBC reporter Lauren Turner in Brixton

    Brixton mural

    Someone brought a guitar to the mural in Brixton, south London, where David Bowie grew up, where crowds have been laying flowers during the day, and started impromptu singalong of hits including Ziggy Stardust, Changes and Starman.

    There was a celebratory atmosphere in some parts of the crowd, while others were in tears, being comforted with hugs.

    The crowd was a mixture of locals walking past on their way from work and fans who had made a pilgrimage. Some brought candles and held them up in the dark night sky.

  4. Bowie's Starman debut

    BBC Radio 5 live listener Alan describes the experience of hearing David Bowie's Starman when it was performed for the first time.

    Bowie performed with his band - including guitarist Mick Ronson - when he was in his Ziggy Stardust phase.

    Speaking to 5 live's Rachel Burden, Alan said the audience comprised of just 35 people, and that Bowie was the "most charming man".

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    Video caption: 5 live listener Alan describes hearing Starman performed for the first time - in a pub.
  5. Bowie dominates Twitter

    The death of David Bowie has, unsurprisingly, dominated social media today.

    Tweets about the Starman singer peaked at 20,000 a minute in the hour after his death was announced at 0700 GMT.  

    The most tweeted about of his songs today is his 1977 song Heroes.

  6. Madonna: Bowie 'changed the course of my life forever'

    Madonna has paid tribute to Bowie in a message posted to her Facebook page.

  7. Crowds sing Starman at mural in Brixton

  8. Frank Cottrell Boyce: Bowie 'screwed up a lot'

    BBC Radio 4

    Author and scriptwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce has told the BBC that what made David Bowie great was the fact that, despite the occasional creative misfire, he always managed to revive his career in the most dramatic way. 

    "If you are true to your genius, then sometimes it will throw you over a waterfall," he told Radio 4's PM programme. "But then you'll bob back up again, as long as you keep faith in yourself."

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    Video caption: Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the London Olympic Opening Ceremony on Bowie's legacy.
  9. Columbia Records: 'We are deeply saddened'

    Bowie's record company has put out a statement, saying it was "an honour" to release his music.

    Quote Message: We are deeply saddened by the loss of David Bowie. It was an honour and a privilege to release his music to the world.
  10. 'He always wanted to be a kind of blaze of glory'

    Dana Gillespie was a former girlfriend of Bowie and sang on some of his tracks, including It Ain't Easy from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars.

    She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "He always wanted to be a kind of blaze of glory and stardust - this he has become."

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    Video caption: Ex-girlfriend who sang on Bowie's album: 'He has left a fantastic musical legacy'
  11. David Bowie: Did he change attitudes to sexuality?

    David Bowie

    The Bowie exhibition at London's V&A Museum back in 2013 was a sell-out. It showed how, in the 1970s, David Bowie's passport to fame was his daringly ambiguous sexuality. But did appearances deceive?

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  12. Bowie in Russia

    Famil Ismailov

    News editor, BBC Russian Service

    David Bowie

    David Bowie gave just one concert in Russia in 1996. It was a flop. Wrong venue - the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, wrong audience - the first rows were filled with new Russia's rich and former party apparatchiks with stony faces. 

    According to legend, Bowie (pictured above in Athens in '96) was so shocked that he promised not to perform in Russia again.

    They were unable to understand the words and didn't get the music. Bowie was one of the Western rock musicians deemed unsuitable for Soviet audiences with his orange hair and strange lyrics. However, his music was played in discotheques all over the Soviet Union by the end of 1980s and his music had a defining influence on leading rock musicians of Russia.

    He was copied, loved and revered by a generation of young Russians who saw him as a rebel who invented his own music form.

  13. Bowie: In his own words

    To some, David Bowie was a genuis. To others, he remains a glorious mystery.

    Here are some of his own thoughts in his own words.

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    Video caption: David Bowie: A look back at his career through his own words
  14. Madonna: 'I owe Bowie a lot'

    Madonna has put a heartfelt statement about Bowie's influence on Facebook:

    Quote Message: "I'm devastated. David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape. We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care. I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
    Quote Message: At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography. And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment. I found him so inspiring and innovative. Unique and provocative. A real Genius. His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end. His photographs are hanging all over my house today. He was so chic and beautiful and elegant. So ahead of his time. Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot. The world will miss you.
  15. Ware: Bowie lived as 'an art installation'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Human League founder Martyn Ware told BBC Radio 5 live: [Bowie] symbolised not only the glamour of popular music, but his career was really one of an artist rather than just a musician."

  16. LA stars pay tribute

    Big names in LA have woken up to the news of Bowie's death and sent their tributes, from Ringo Starr to Kendrick Lamar to Justin Bieber - showing how far Bowie's influence reached.

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    And Annie Lennox wrote on Facebook:

    Quote Message: No one exists forever and it seems our elegant gentleman was well aware that his last mortal chapter was about to reach it's conclusion. "Dark Star" [sic] was his parting gift. Provocative and nightmarishly “otherworldly”… we are jolted towards the twilight realms of epileptic seizures and voodoo scarecrows.
    Quote Message: The bejewelled remains of Major Tom lie dormant in a dust coated space suit… It leaves me breathless. You must see it to believe it… He knew… He could see through it all.
  17. Peter Frampton thanks 'mentor' Bowie

    Musician Peter Frampton, who knew Bowie at school and went on to play guitar with him many times, has called the star a "dear friend and mentor" in his Twitter tribute.

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  18. Eight lessons David Bowie taught us

    Bowie tribute card in Berlin

    Take risks and be subversive are two of them.

    Read the rest on the BBC Music site.

  19. Brett Anderson: "Poorer without him."

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson, who was influenced by Bowie's 70s glam scene, said in a statement:

    "I had the pleasure of meeting David several times and he was always so charming and warm. To say he was a great artist is a lumpen understatement; his songs became the furniture of mine and so many people's lives and helped write the book of pop music itself. 

    "We are all far poorer without him."