Brian May says David Bowie’s death is an “inestimable loss” to music and culture.
The Queen guitarist shared a touching post on his official website (Brianmay.com) on Monday night in which he hailed the Lazarus singer as a “fearsome talent”.
In the blog entry entitled ‘RIP David Bowie’, he wrote: “I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone. I don’t know if I can react immediately.
“He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable. In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and … shocking … (sic)”
May, 68, is finding it “hard” to come to terms with the loss of his friend – who died on Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer – and wished he had known Bowie was ill so he could have spoken to his “hero” before he died.
He continued: “This news is hard to take in. I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something … Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family. But what a life. All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP. Bri (sic)”
Queen worked with Bowie on their 1981 song Under Pressure , which was a worldwide hit and has gone on to be sampled in numerous other hits including Vanilla Ice rap smash Ice Ice Baby