This David Bowie gif sums up half a century of iconic looks

A beautiful animated sketch of Bowie has been centre-stage on social media today, as the world mourns the musical legend

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This image of David Bowie is moving in more ways than one. A gif, created by illustrator Helen Green for his birthday last year, has taken centre stage in Bowie tributes this morning on Twitter.

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The rotating image of the Life on Mars singer chronicles every single one of Bowie’s iconic looks from 1964 to 2014, complete with eye patches, neck ties, hats, elaborate make-up and his ever changing hair. 

Green’s gif was intended as a celebration of the legend when she released it last January, but news of his death was confirmed earlier today and now the image is being used as a poignant reminder of his incredible career which spanned five decades. 

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Countless tributes have been paid to the 69-year-old star this morning, with celebrities, fans and fellow musicians expressing their shock on social media. A number of outlets have also shared moving quotes from his iconic songs. 

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While this London tube station and a fire station in America have found unique ways to remember the musical legend.