David Bowie breathed his last today, two days after his 69th birthday and release of his album, Blakstar, after fighting cancer for almost 18 months.
A statement posted on his official website 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 was a phenomenon in the world of music. He excelled in almost every sub-strata of rock music and some closely-related genres – glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica.
The singer-songwriter and producer performed for a good four decades and released his 25th album, Blackstar, on Jan 8 this year, which was his birthday.
Over the course of his career, Bowie adopted various avatars, each becoming an iconic identity in its own right. Don’t we know Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and the Thin White Duke? All of them Bowie; all of them stars.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones to a waitress mother and a nightclub owner father. He changed his last name to Bowie in 1966 tom avoid confusion with The Monkees’ Davy Jones, a new star of that era.
Bowie attained a legendary reputation in music but he also made a name for himself in movies.
His debut film was the 1976 hit ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, in which he played an alien and won the Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Some of his notable works were in Just a Gigolo (1978); Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983); Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ (1988) in which he played Pontius Pilate; and, Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’ (2006) where he portrayed Nikola Tesla.
In his peak, Bowie often presented himself as an androgynous. To promote his character Ziggy Stardust, Bowie claimed he was gay – a confession he later described as the “biggest mistake of my life”.
And this here is David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’: