Yesterday at the age of 69, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor David Bowie passed away.
According to his social media accounts, he had been treated for liver cancer for 18 months. Bowie leaves behind his wife model and entrepreneur Iman and his children, Duncan Jones (from his previous marriage to Angie Bowie) and his daughter with Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones. A post on his Facebook page stated “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family.”
In addition to his family, Bowie leaves behind an impressive musical career spanning six decades. Whether it was being an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, or a faraway astronaut, all of the songs he wrote were about being an outsider. Some of his most popular songs include “Space Oddity”, “Starman”, “Heroes”, “Let’s Dance,” and “Under Pressure” a collaboration with the rock band Queen. His innovative songs and performances had a huge influence in the music world. Two days before his death on his birthday, Bowie had released a brand new album title Blackstar, collaboration with a jazz quartet (you can listen to the album below).
As an actor, he continued appearing in films and TV shows as recently as 2008. One of his most notable films was Labyrinth (1986), in which he starred as Jareth the Goblin King. He was also a force in the fashion world with his androgynous appearance and various costumes in his music videos throughout the years. Before pop stars like Madonna and Lady Ga Ga did it, Bowie was the king of reinvention.
Bowie will missed and remembered for all eternity. Personally, I think he’s in heaven jamming with all of the great musicians of all time.
Rest in Peace Ziggy Stardust…
(Via New York Times)