David Bowie Dies of Cancer at 69

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The iconic singer David Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10, at age 69. According to a post on his Facebook page, Bowie "died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer."

Best known for his ever-changing stage identities—Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, the Thin White Duke—Bowie harnessed and wielded the power of drama and imagery in music like no one else ever has, inspiring generations of theatrical music artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga in the process.

A master of artistic reinvention, Bowie's music drew from diverse styles, infusing his rock sound with jazz, cabaret, and soul, and always on the pulse of the contemporary.

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Bowie's final album, Blackstar, was released on Friday, January 8—the singer's 69th birthday and just two day prior to his death. What seemed at first as coincidental, however, has now been revealed as carefully orchestrated farewell. According to a post on Blackstar producer Tony Visconti's Facebook page, the album was deliberately created and timed as a "parting gift" for his fans:

"He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

Bowie is survived by two children and his wife, the model Iman.

"Lazarus" from Blackstar


"Ziggy Stardust"


"Let's Dance" featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan


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