David Bowie RIP dies of cancer aged 69. David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, the singer’s son has confirmed.
Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Statements were posted on the star’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts saying the star died on Sunday.
They read: “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.”
Bowie released his 25th album, called Blackstar, on Friday 8 January, to coincide with his 69th birthday.
The album contains seven songs, including one called Lazarus which starts with the lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, everybody knows me now.”
David Bowie RIP
He was survived by his wife Iman, his son Duncan Jones and daughter Alexandria, and his step-daughter Zulekha Haywood. Bowie also left behind an impressive musical legacy, which included 26 albums. His producer and friend Tony Visconti wrote on Facebook that his last record, Blackstar, was “his parting gift.”Friends and fans were heartbroken at his passing. Iggy Pop wrote on Twitter that “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person.” The Rolling Stones remembered him on Twitter as “a wonderful and kind man” and “a true original.” And even those who didn’t know personally felt the impact of his work. Kanye West tweeted, “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations.” Madonna posted “This great Artist changed my life!” In February 2017, Bowie was recognized for the success of his final album, as he was named the winner in the Best Alternative Rock Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories at the Grammy Awards.In late 2017, HBO unveiled a trailer for the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which explores the period in which the artist released his final two albums and brought his stage musical to life. Airing January 8, 2018, on what would have been his 71st birthday, the documentary features never-before-seen footage of Bowie and conversations with the musicians, producers and music video directors who worked with him on his final tour.In the spring of 2018, Spotify’s “David Bowie Subway Takeover” was unveiled in New York City’s interconnected Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker Street stations. An extension of the “David Bowie Is” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, the subway displays included splashy photos, fan artwork and quotes from the musician, with each major piece containing a Spotify code for audio accompaniment.
Bowie’s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released in 1972. It is one of his best-known albums. As a result of his performance, Bowie became a leader of glam rock.
Ziggy Stardust became Bowie’s second personality (alter ego). For a press-conference, he would show up as Ziggy. Bowie let Ziggy Stardust come to an end during a live concert in the Hammersmith Odeon theatre on 3 July 1973. In 1983, this show was released as movie and soundtrack (Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture).
Los Angeles and Berlin
Bowie settled in Los Angeles. A new second personality was The Thin White Duke. This was introduced on the Station to Station album in 1976. The song single Golden Years scored high in the pop charts. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 323 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “list of the 500 greatest albums of all time”.
After releasing Station to Station, Bowie moved to Berlin. He was interested in the German music scene. He wanted to end his drug abuse. In Berlin, he started to work with producer Brian Eno. Bowie, in his turn, was producer for Iggy Pop. The Berlin Albums are Low (1977), Heroes (1977) and Lodger (1979).
Bowie left Berlin in 1980. The last album at that time was Scary Monsters… And Super Creeps. In 1981, he had a big hit with Under Pressure, together with Queen.
In 1989, Bowie formed a new band. This was his first real band since the 1970s. The band was called Tin Machine. With this band, Bowie recorded three albums: Tin Machine (1989), Tin Machine II (1991) and Oy Vey, Baby (1992).
By the 1990s, Bowie had become more interested in soul, jazz and hip hop. This was first noticed on the album Black Tie, White Noise.
Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996.
In 2013, Bowie released his twenty-fourth album, The Next Day. It was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
His last album, Blackstar, was released on 8 January 2016, his 69th birthday and two days before his death.
Bowie married Mary Angela Barnett in 1970. Their son, Duncan Jones was born in 1971. The couple divorced in 1980. Bowie married Iman in 1992. The couple’s daughter, Alexandria Jones, was born in 2000.
On 10 January 2016, Bowie died after an 18-month battle with liver cancer in Manhattan, New York City. He was 69 years old. His remains were later cremated on 14 January in a private ceremony in New York.
Bowie covered many genres including art rock, hard rock, glam rock, alternative rock, krautrock, protopunk, post-punk, electronica, Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Industrial, Techno, Jazz, Dance music, Funk, Disco, Experimental rock, Folk, Instrumental, Ambient and house.