David Bowie Fans Line Around the Block to Pay Their Respects At His NYC Home
Fans are waiting in long lines in the bitter cold to leave tributes outside David Bowie's Manhattan penthouse apartment.
The music icon spent his final days at the Lafayette Street home. He passed away from liver cancer on Sunday at 69.
Bowie fiercely guarded his privacy but neighbors say he was a regular guy who often went shopping at the nearby Dean & DeLuca grocery store.
On Monday night, the mood was somber. A line of people stretched back for two blocks as they waited to pay tribute to the star.
As fans patiently waited, people drove past blasting Bowie’s music out of their cars. Those in line paid their respects by laying flowers, lighting candles and leaving cards with messages to Bowie.
Police blocked part of the sidewalk. Despite the crowd, the area was silent.
One officer told INSIDE EDITION: “It has been quiet. Fans are paying respects and leaving.”
One fan, Tom from Brooklyn, said Bowie's death was "a terrible shock."
"He was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century," Tom told IE. "He meant a lot to the people, not just of his generation, but to all of the misfits and weirdos of the world."
New York music venue Irving Plaza, where Bowie once performed, payed tribute to the “Let’s Dance” singer on their marquee.
Fans across the world also celebrated the star on Monday.
In the Brixton, London, where Bowie was born, tributes were held near the Brixton Academy.
In the Schoneberg district of Berlin, where Bowie once lived with singer Iggy Pop, other fans gathered to pay tribute.
The city’s Mayor Michael Muller said in a statement: “Berliners are mourning a musical genius and one of their most famous fellow citizens.”
And in Los Angeles, flowers, pictures and candles were piled up on Bowie's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.