New York City, Bowie's adopted hometown, mourns his loss

New York City, David Bowie's adopted hometown, mourned the late singer Monday as flowers, candles and testimonials began appearing in the early morning hours in front of the influential artist's home in the SoHo section of Manhattan.

Condolences to the British-born pop icon also were left at the New York Theatre Workshop, where Bowie's musical Lazarus was in production.

"Rest in peace David Bowie," a placard read in large letters in Times Square.

Just hours before the musician's death from cancer was made public, the renowned Carnegie Hall announced a celebration of his music on March 31 with guests such as The Roots and Cyndi Lauper.

The New York Times, in a Monday article on the event, wrote that "It's a good time to be David Bowie." The story, printed before Bowie's death was announced, was nevertheless subject to much criticism on the Internet.

The producers of the Carnegie Hall event said it would go forward as a tribute concert.

Other US reaction to Bowie's death ranged from the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences to the White House.

Bowie was a "true original," said Neil Portnow, president of the academy, which awarded Bowie its honorary Grammy for lifetime achievement in 2006.

"David Bowie was truly a Renaissance man and visionary artist with extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, performer, actor and producer, and was a musical hero to millions," Portnow said in a statement.

Bowie won his only competitive Grammy in 1985, for the music video Jazzin' for Blue Jean.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked about Bowie's passing, said there was "no denying the impact of his contribution to art, and music and film."

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