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Music Legend David Bowie Passes Away

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David Bowie, the pioneering rock idol whose influence extended well beyond music, into film, fashion and art, passed away Sunday, just two days after his 69th birthday.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” reads a message posted Sunday on his Facebook page. The musician’s son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, confirmed the news, tweeting, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Bowie had released his 25th, and now final, album, “Blackstar,” on Friday, his birthday.

Born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in Brixton, England, Bowie exploded into the popular consciousness in 1969 with “Space Oddity,” followed by such hits as 1971’s platinum-selling “Hunky Dory” (containing “Changes” and “Life on Mars”), and 1972’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” which told the story of his memorable alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

To simply list Bowie’s hits is a disservice to his discography and his legacy; virtually anyone who’s listened to pop music over the past five decades has a favorite, whether it’s “Rebel Rebel,” “Young Americans,” “Heroes,” Fame,” “Ashes to Ashes” — well, you get the picture. Bowie’s contributions to popular music, and to popular culture, are immeasurable.

However, Bowie wasn’t only a musician: He also had a lengthy, and unsurprisingly quirky, filmography that includes a turn as an extraterrestrial in 1976’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” a vampire in 1983’s “The Hunger,” Nikola Tesla in 2006’s “The Prestige” and, perhaps most memorably, Jareth the Goblin King in 1986’s “Labyrinth.”

Comments

  • http://starwarsrebelonline.weebly.com Michjarv98

    RIP Love, you were my inspiration for coming out so, yeah, i love you a lot

  • Sam

    One of the truly unique voices in music. The world will be a little less interesting without David Bowie. He will be sorely missed

  • demoncat_4

    rip you will live on forever through your legacy and also the cult classic that Labyrinth is . sympathy to his friends and family for the loss of a one of a kind guy and music genius and legend.

  • Richard McWolff

    From his just released Blackstar CD, “Lazarus” track:

    “Look up here I’m in heaven. I’ve got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama that can’t be stolen. Everybody knows me now.”

    A true artist till the end. R.I.P. Dear David!

  • butters911

    What a shock. Who knew he even had cancer. I’m listening to all my Bowie albums today

  • Andy E. Nystrom

    On the acting front, while Labyrinth is no doubt his best role, I do recommend also watching The Man Who Fell to Earth. Plus his guest appearance on Extras.

  • Andy E. Nystrom

    On the acting front, while Labyrinth is no doubt his best role, I do recommend also watching The Man Who Fell to Earth. Plus his guest appearance on Extras.

  • Liam

    He
    was here and we got to be entertained by him. I feel sorry for later
    generations who will never be able to experience him first hand.

  • Liam

    How is Mick Jagger’s health?

  • Brad Sawyer

    Dont forget Scott Weiland a month ago.

  • Brad Sawyer

    Amen to that.