David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69
Songwriter David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69.
A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.
Tributes have been paid from around the world to the “extraordinary artist” whose last album was released days ago.
Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to
I just took the bike on a spin around the valley, and settled in this cafe on a cold January morning in the mountains…..it is from the heart.
“I didn’t expect this. Bowie somehow seemed immortal. Sometimes you only realize how important and how big an effect someone has had one you when they pass away. I just realized that Bowie has been a big part of the soundtrack to my life since growing up in the early 1970s, and ever since. Bowie has been many things to many people. For me, his ever changing, evolving and mercurial persona somehow helped me grow into who I am today. I didn’t want to be David Bowie, but I did want to be like him in some ways. It started by rising above the dire prosaic boredom of English conformity somewhere around 1980-1984. Making a life choice, which was: ‘dare to be different and stand out from the crowd’. It is fair to say he helped transform me, and millions of others musically, artistically, culturally and dare I say…. even spiritually? He pointed out another way to ‘be’. The choice was: originality, leadership and talent over conformity, imitation, and redundancy.
He made a big impact on my small life, in subtle ways, over many years. Yes, I loved the man, and we have just lost one of the true great artists of the 20th century. There will never be another. We were lucky to grow up during his reign. I don’t think there is anyone else out there that I would mourn to such an extent. I know Bowie left the stage between Heathen and his last 2 albums, but it was kind of reassuring that he was still out there with his wife and kids and still somewhere on this planet.”