Boy George paid tribute to David Bowie during a performance of the late musician's hit Starman, at last night's Stand Up To Cancer event.

The 55-year-old last night appeared at the Channel 4 event, and said the Life On Mars singer's death was “like losing a family member”.

Backed by the NHS choir, the Karma Chameleon singer performed a moving cover of Bowie's 1972 hit.

Speaking to programme host Davina McCall after his performance, he said “I think to a lot of people who grew up in the 70's he was like one of our relatives, he was part of us”.

Music icon David Bowie passed away on January 10th this year

“Losing him was just like losing a family member”, he said, “It really hit everybody.”

Bowie died in January this year following a private 18-month battle with liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.

Boy George added that he also had his own experiences with cancer.

“My grandmother, my aunt two years ago, a close friend very recently, I know so many people who are fighting it,” he said.

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“What's amazing is that people are really fighting now. There's a real spirit, there's a defiant spirit.”

Stand Up To Cancer raises money for charity, and starred celebrities including footballer Daniel Sturridge, actor Martin Freeman and actress Anna Friel.

According to the events official website, the night has raised £15,560,519 so far in aid of cancer research.

The programme also paid tribute to actress and comedian Caroline Aherne, who died in July at 52 after a battle with lung cancer.