David Bowie, Music Icon, Dead at 69
Today, the music world mourns the loss of a true icon.
The legendary, prolific David Bowie has died yesterday (January 10) after a long battle with cancer.
A status update on Bowie’s official Facebook and website appeared around 1 AM ET on Monday morning: “January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” A rep for the artist confirmed the news with The Hollywood Reporter.
His son, Duncan Jones, further confirmed the news on Twitter.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Celebrities have also begun sharing their condolences on social media:
As I get older my respect 4 Bowie grows.He transcended every genre & generation during his career-We lost a good one pic.twitter.com/WcuyypsOGc
— The Squadfather (@diplo) January 11, 2016
Oh this is terrible news. We lost an extremely important and influential artist. David Bowie has been a huge inspiration and will be missed.
— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 11, 2016
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
Fuck. Actually sad. But such amazing art and life should be celebrated for what he gave us. You remind me of the babe
— t(-.-t) (@petewentz) January 11, 2016
DEVASTATED…💔 A LEGEND IS GONE✨🌟✨
— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016
The inimitable, genre-defying musician produced a staggering 26 studio albums in his lifetime, resulting in scores of hits across half a century — from 1969’s “Space Oddity” to 1973’s “Life On Mars” to 1974’s “Rebel Rebel” to 1975’s “Fame” to 1977’s “Heroes” to 1983’s “Let’s Dance” to 1987’s “Dancing In The Street” with Mick Jagger — all the way up to 2016’s Blackstar, his latest studio album, which was released just a few days ago on January 8.
Bowie also starred in many films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth and The Last Temptation of Christ.
His unique style, fashion and sound greatly influenced — and will surely continue to influence — generations to come across all genres, from Madonna to Lady Gaga to The Killers to Lana Del Rey to Jay Z.
On January 7, Bowie released the music video for what would be his final single, “Lazarus.”
“Look up here, I’m in heaven…” the song begins.
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