A friend just passed me a link to the story, which I furiously googled hoping to find out it was a hoax, but I’m seeing the reports trickle out in various media outlets.

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

I’m not sure another artist has loomed as large over my life as Bowie has. I saw him with NiN on the Outside tour, something Gamecat and I have talked about repeatedly around here. When I moved to Pakistan, I only brought a couple of cd’s with me — Outside and The Next Day were among them. When I’m writing, I have him in my mix. I’ve been tweaking a ‘spider from Mars’ tattoo for a while.

Crushed, man. Just crushed.