I have to say when I heard the news this morning when my alarm clock went off I thought it was some kind of sick joke.
There were rumours over his health all over the place - but you always assumed he would just go on forever.
His music to me was part of my childhood and while I was never a die-hard fan, I thought he did some fantastic stuff.
It is a shame his life was so full of controversy, when his credibility as an artist was all that should have mattered.
His talent will certainly live on for generations to come.
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