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.

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.

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.

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."

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