One of pop culture’s biggest legends died today at the age of 69.
“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,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.
David Bowe, born David Robert Jones, was not just a singer, he was an icon of his generation. Bowie’s career skyrocketed in 1969 with his first hit song “Space Oddity”
His first major American crossover success was in 1975 when he touched the hearts of millions with the number one single “Fame”, which he co-wrote with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.
All throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Bowie became well-known for endlessly pushing the envelope during the glam-rock era, and even more famous for his androgynous alter ego named Ziggy Stardust.
During a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, Bowie recalled Stardust with great fondness.
“I mean, he was half out of sci-fi rock and half out of the Japanese theater. The clothes were, at the time, simply outrageous,” he shared.
“Nobody had seen anything like [that] before…Now I realize that from ’72 through to about ’76, I was the ultimate rock star. I couldn’t have been more rock star.”
David Bowie amassed two Grammy’s and in 1996, the was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He just released his 25th album “Blackstar” a few days ago on Jan. 8, which was his 69th birthday.
I have no doubt his legacy will continue to grow as new generations of fans are discovering his unique musical heritage.
David Bowie is survived by his beautiful wife,the model Iman, whom he married in 1992.