David Bowie Dead at 69
The music world mourns one of its most eclectic and iconic artists, as David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The news was confirmed in an official statement posted across Bowie’s social media accounts.
“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,” the statement read.
“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true,” added Bowie’s son, film director Duncan Jones, on his Facebook account. “I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Bowie’s passing comes just days after the release of his latest album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday on Friday.
Throughout his career, Bowie delivered some of the most instantly recognizable songs in popular music, whether as David Bowie or through his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. “Space Oddity”, “Life On Mars?”, “Heroes” and “Under Pressure” are some of the greatest songs in pop music, and they endure through their own grandiose quality. There’s just something epic about David Bowie’s music, from his more intimate tracks like “Silly Boy Blue”, to entrancing rock symphonies like “Lady Grinning Soul”.
Bowie was a talented actor as well. From his iconic role as the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy/adventure classic Labyrinth, to his role as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige, Bowie had an innate electricity that translated through his screen presence every bit as much as through his music.
Our thoughts are with Bowie’s loved ones during this difficult time. It’s clear that Bowie will be missed, as he’s inspired a legion of musicians, actors, and artists who are coming out in force to mourn him. But one thing is evident in the outpouring: whether through his own work, or through the works of those he inspired, Bowie will live on.
Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie.