Fans of David Bowie have begun laying floral tributes, candles and messages dedicated to the memory of the late rock legend in London and Berlin.

Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton on 8 January 1947, just two years after the end of the Second World War. A Ziggy Stardust mural painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, has become the focus of fans' grief. The mural is around the corner from where he was born in Stansfield Road.

David Bowie
Fans lay floral tributes beneath a mural of David Bowie painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, south LondonChris Ratcliffe/AFP
David Bowie
Flowers and tributes lie at a David Bowie mural in BrixtonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A woman with a Bowie tattoo visits the memorial under the Brixton muralStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A woman wearing Aladdin Sane make-up reacts as she visits a mural of David Bowie in BrixtonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A woman photographs the Brixton mural with a tablet covered in a Bowie caseStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
Flowers, candles and pictures of Bowie are laid under the mural in BrixtonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A card under the mural quotes a Bowie lyricChris Ratcliffe/AFP
David Bowie
A card thanking Bowie is seen under the mural in BrixtonChris Ratcliffe/AFP
David Bowie
Two women stop at a mural of David Bowie in BrixtonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie brixton
Tributes to David Bowie are left under the mural in BrixtonCarl Court/Getty Images
David Bowie
A tribute to David Bowie is seen on the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south LondonStefan Wermuth/Reuters

When Bowie was six years old, his family moved to Beckenham, south London. He attended Burnt Ash Junior school in Bromley and performed at many of the area's bars and clubs, including The Three Tuns and the bandstand at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham.

David Bowie
A plaque marks the site of the Three Tuns pub in Bromley, south London, where David Bowie launched his careerStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
Emma Birch holds her son named Bowie, as she places flowers at the site of the Three Tuns pub in Bromley, where David Bowie performedStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
Flowers and tributes lie outside the site of the Three Tuns pub in Bromley where David Bowie performedStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
Flowers and tributes lie at a bandstand named after David Bowie in Beckenham where he lived from the age of sixStefan Wermuth/Reuters

Fans have also been paying tribute to Bowie on Heddon Street, where the cover of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was photographed.

David Bowie
A plaque marks the site where David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album cover was photographed, on Heddon Street, central LondonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
Bouquets and tributes lie outside the site where the Ziggy Stardust album cover was photographedStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A man wears a Ziggy Stardust badge in central LondonStefan Wermuth/Reuters
David Bowie
A man pauses after leaving a bouquet outside the site of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album cover photoshoot in LondonStefan Wermuth/Reuters

German fans have begun leaving tributes outside the apartment block in Berlin where Bowie lived in the 70s. From 1976 to 1978, he recorded some of his most experimental music while living at 155 Hauptstrasse in the Schoeneberg district. Germany's Foreign Ministry said Bowie is "now among heroes" and has thanked the one-time West Berlin resident for "helping to bring down the wall". Mayor Michael Mueller said: "Berliners are mourning a musical genius and one of their most famous fellow citizens."

David Bowie
People gather outside the apartment where David Bowie lived from 1976-78, in Berlin's Schoeneberg districtFabrizio Bensch/Reuters
David Bowie
A man places flowers outside the Berlin apartment where David Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
David Bowie
Tributes to David Bowie are seen outside his former home in BerlinOdd Andersen/AFP
David Bowie
A man walking his dog touches the door frame of Bowie's former home at 155 Hauptstrasse in BerlinOdd Andersen/AFP
David Bowie Berlin
A message is left on the doorstep of the building where he once lived in BerlinSean Gallup/Getty Images
David Bowie Berlin
Fans lay flowers at the doorstep at the building in Berlin where David Bowie once livedSean Gallup/Getty Images

Bowie spent the final years of his life in New York. Tributes have begun appearing outside his former home on Lafayette Street, Soho.

David Bowie New York
A camera man films the memorial outside the apartment where David Bowie lived in New YorkBrendan McDermid/Reuters
David Bowie New York
An image of singer David Bowie is seen at a makeshift memorial outside his former home in the Manhattan borough of New YorkMike Segar/Reuters