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Toronto street artist pays tribute to David Bowie

Victor Fraser says he used to imagine Bowie was his father.

A photo of one of Toronto's iconic wall murals. Sidewalk artist Victor Fraser recently scrawled the late musician's name outside the Horseshoe Tavern.

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A photo of one of Toronto's iconic wall murals. Sidewalk artist Victor Fraser recently scrawled the late musician's name outside the Horseshoe Tavern.

It was with sadness that Victor Fraser scrawled his first piece of sidewalk art of 2016.

The Toronto artist took to the street as soon as he heard the news – David Bowie had died after an 18-month battle with cancer.

He went to the Horseshoe Tavern in the bitter cold to create "a mural I never wanted to do."

Outside the historic music venue he wrote out David Bowie's name on an 18-metre (16 foot) stretch of pavement.

"I'm glad the man who showed us all it was not only okay to be different but better has ended his battle with cancer," wrote Fraser.

"Being adopted I would always secretly dream and imagine that David Bowie was my father."

Fraser says Bowie was by far the biggest inspiration in his life as an artist.