By Christopher Rosen
Updated January 11, 2016 at 07:09 PM EST
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Ricky Gervais lobbed his fair share of mean jokes at Hollywood’s elite on Sunday night at the Golden Globes, but he only had the kindest of words for David Bowie.

Following his emcee duties at the awards show, Gervais paid tribute to the rock legend, who died on Sunday at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer.

“I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie,” Gervais wrote.

Gervais was one of many stars to post condolences and remembrances for Bowie online. Bowie’s death was first reported by the singer’s social media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” read a statement posted to Bowie’s Facebook page. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie famously cameoed as himself in a 2006 episode of Gervais’ comedy series, Extras. And if you thought Gervais’s Golden Globes jokes were harsh, wait until you hear Bowie sing about the “chubby little loser” “who’s banal and facile” and “blows his stupid brains out.”