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Rolling Stones: David Bowie 'was an extraordinary artist'

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After news of David Bowie’s death spread early Monday morning, his peers, fans, and longtime collaborators mourned the legendary artist. The Rolling Stones called him “an extraordinary artist and a true original.”

“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” the band said in a statement, per NME. “As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”

“I’m deeply saddened by such a sudden shock,” Keith Richards added in a statement. “David was a true original in everything he did and, along with many others, I’m going to miss him. Another goodbye to another good friend.”

“David was always an inspiration to me and a true original,” Mick Jagger said in a statement to EW. “He was wonderfully shameless in his work we had so many good times together .. he was my friend , I will never forget him.”

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Bowie and Jagger famously worked on 1985’s “Dancing In The Street” together, and were longtime friends. (Their relationship was chronicled in Chris Anderson’s biography of Jagger, Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, published in 2012.)

Bowie and Jagger’s “Dancing In The Street” was initially recorded to raise money for Live Aid, and the track topped both the U.K. and U.S. charts.

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