Revolutionary musician David Bowie sadly passed away at the age of 69 on the 10th of January, following an 18-month fight against cancer. Bowie’s wife and well known model Iman Abdulmajid, who he was married to for over two decades and had a daughter with, has displayed her state of grieving through a social media post which reads “The struggle is real But so is God”.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was issued across his social media accounts. The message read “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month-battle with cancer”.
Bowie coupled music and fashion in a way that very few artists have been able to achieve through his theatrical, flamboyant and boisterous public image. Amid his most recognisable music are the hit singles ‘Lets Dance’, Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’, ‘Modern Love’ and ‘under Pressure’, he was also well known for the creation of his exuberant alter ego ‘Ziggy Stardust’.
Bowie’s death has been the regular subject of internet hoaxes over the last several years, so the news came as a shock to fans and industry insiders, as it was unknown what type of cancer bowie was suffering from.
With a voice that ranged from a baritone to a falsetto Bowie spoke with an inspiring awe, of emerging against the odds, of the terror in understanding what the world is about, and of turning and facing the strange. His music was a salve for the misfits of the world and the alienated.
On the 8th of January the Brixton born singer released his latest album ‘Blackstar’, to commemorate his 69th birthday. It sprang to No.1 on the iTunes chart in the UK and reached No.2 in the US, which underscores his longitude within the entertainment industry, after decades of being in the business.
A wide range of musical talents have paid homage to David Bowie, for example Iggy Pop described Bowie as “the light of my life”. He also added “I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is”. Rapper Kanye West also commented on the tragic news, he said “David Bowie was one of the most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated that Bowie was a “great musician, great entertainer” before saying that he felt “very, very sad” about his death. Mr. Corbyn also remarked “Life on Mars comes flowing back in to my mind, wonderful song, wonderful guy”.
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