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Country Stars Remember David Bowie

David Bowie was a rock star, but his musical influence extends beyond just one genre. The news of his death on Sunday (Jan. 10) due to a battle with cancer has artists from all genres, including country music, mourning his passing.

Born David Robert Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie released a slew of original, critically acclaimed albums during his career, including, perhaps most prominently, Space Oddity in 1969 and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in 1972. On his recent 69th birthday, Jan. 8, he released his newest, and final, album, Blackstar.

“He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift,” producer Tony Visconti writes on Facebook. “I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”

Bowie’s death came as a shock to his fans, as his 18-month fight against cancer was previously undisclosed. Click through the photo gallery above to see how some of country music’s big stars are remembering the musical icon.

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