They worked together on 'Without You I'm Nothing'
Andrew Trendell

00:16 12th January 2016

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The loving tributes to David Bowie continue to flood in, with friend and collaborator Brian Molko of Placebo writing a long, heartfelt message to the Thin White Duke. Read it in full below.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Bowie had died after losing his 18-month battle with cancer, just days after he turned 69 and released his brilliant new album, Blackstar

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Countless names have spoken out in memory of Bowie, and now Placebo have joined the chorus. The band worked with Bowie on the now classic single, 'Without You I'm Nothing', from their second album - and remained friends ever since. 

Frontman Brian Molko took to Facebook, where he revealed that his 'heart was broken' at the loss of his 'idol, mentor and friend'. 

Read Molko's full message below: 

“Dearest David

Wherever you are now, I miss you. Not only do I miss you but my heart is broken. You were my idol, then you became my mentor and my friend.

I learnt so much from you, just by being in your presence, the conversations we had and, of course, watching you perform. You always had time for me. My band and I were tiny when we first met. Nonetheless , you took us under your wing. You believed in us and gifted us with so many fantastic opportunities.

Without you, your tutelage and your wisdom, I don’t think I would be where I am today, as an artist but also as a person. For that I will be eternally grateful.

Float around the ether, David. Bounce gracefully off planets light-years away as you become one with the Universe, as you dive into the Great Unknown.

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Iman, Lexi and Duncan, whose hearts I know are far more broken than mine. As for me, I will treasure every memory of every moment we spent together.

Dear David, beautiful man and force of nature, you are immortal. You live beyond the veil of the big sleep.

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.


"Brian Molko"

Queen's Brian May, Brian Eno and Paul McCartney have also penned tributes to Bowie, as have Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop, Kanye West and more.

Producer Tony Visconti has revealed that Blackstar was Bowie's 'parting gift' to the world

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