Iconic rock musician David Bowie died Sunday, January 10. He was 69 years old.
A post on his Facebook page confirmed Bowie “died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.” It was reported Bowie died at his home in New York City; his battle with cancer had been kept private.
A video for “Lazarus” from his new album Blackstar, which was released on his birthday two days before his death, is an ominous portrayal of a man struggling to survive. It seems to be Bowie’s final artistic statement, revealing his unwavering artistic vision as he’s seen writhing on a hospital bed, fighting off impending death; the poignancy is now palatable.
Blackstar has been heralded as one of Bowie’s best releases in the past two decades. For the album, Bowie collaborated with a jazz quartet and the music features his typically experimental approach to creating dynamic art rock.
Bowie, who was born in London in 1947, was one of the ’70s most influential musicians. Over the course of his career he also assumed a number of personas, including Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane and others. He’s known for such signature songs as “Changes,” “Heroes,” “Space Oddity,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance” and “Rebel Rebel.”
Dubbed The Thin White Duke, Bowie was incessantly inventive and would boldly embrace everything from androgyny and high art to electronic music and old-school Philly funk in his look and music. With each evolution, Bowie was always inimitable yet immediately recognizable. His otherworldly visions introduced fans to diamond dogs, aliens, astronauts, rebels and heroes — all given equal play in his unique alternate universes.
Bowie is survived by his wife, the supermodel Iman Abdulmajid, and two children, son Duncan Jones and daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones.