After an 18-month-long battle with cancer, David Bowie, the man who inspired generations with his music and trend-setting styles, has sadly died. Announced via Mr. Bowie’s Facebook page, the message 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.”
Rolling Stone honors his legendary style, writing: “One of the most original and singular voices in rock & roll for nearly five decades, Bowie championed mystery, rebellion, and curiosity in his music. Ever unpredictable, the mercurial artist and fashion icon wore many guises throughout his life.
“Beginning life as a dissident folk-rock spaceman, he would become an androgynous, orange-haired, glam-rock alien (Ziggy Stardust), a well-dressed, blue-eyed funk maestro (the Thin White Duke), a drug-loving art rocker (the Berlin albums), a new-wave hit-maker, a hard rocker, a techno enthusiast, and a jazz impressionist. His flair for theatricality won him a legion of fans.”
The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie… 1/2
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
His son, Duncan Jones, posted this touching photo to his Twitter page:
Mr. Bowie’s last album, titled Blackstar, was released on Friday, his birthday. On March 31 he was to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats. Mr. Bowie was also a successful actor and starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth, The Hunger, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and The Prestige, just to name a few.
His last theatrical project was Lazarus, which is an off-Broadway musical that continued the story of his character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and included songs from throughout his career and originals.
Watch David Bowie’s song Lazarus from DavidBowieVEVO:
This Twitter post shows the David Bowie we all remember:
— Asia Chow (@asiachow) January 8, 2016