It saddens us to join the rest of the music world in reporting that legendary singer/songwriter, David Bowie has died. He passed away on Sunday January 10, 2016 after a private 18 month battle with cancer. He was just 69 years old. Bowie’s representatives released a statement across his social media accounts that confirmed the passing when the message was published this morning at 1:30am (January 11, 2016) from London.
“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.”
January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle… https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
When the announcement was first posted many of his fans and followers around the world were in shock and in disbelief in hopes that it was a rumor. However this sad news was confirmed once again within that hour by a social media post from Bowie’s son, film writer/director, Duncan Jones.
“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. “
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Bowie was a Rock icon who enjoyed success for over four decades thanks to hits like “Space Oddity” (1969), “Changes” (1972) “Rebel, Rebel” (1974), “Under Pressure” With Queen, (1981), “Let’s Dance (1983) “Fame” (1975/1990) and many others.
“Fame” which became Bowie’s first number one hit in the US in 1975 was also later re-recorded and re-released in 1990 as Part of EMI’s soundtrack to Touchstone Picture’s Pretty Woman. Some other film soundtracks he has appeared on include Jim Henson and Lucasfilm’s Labrynth in which he also starred in the leading role (1986), The BBC2’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) American Psycho: Music from the Controversial Motion Picture (2000), Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film (2001), Training Day The Soundtrack (2001), Shrek 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004), and Stealth (2005). With over 27 albums released throughout the course of his career David bowie has been considered by many to be the master of reinvention, touching on nearly every genre and sound of popular music in his own unique way. He has sold over 130 million albums worldwide His final album album, Blackstar was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, only days before his death. We wish his family, friends, and loved ones all the best in this very difficult time Rest in peace David Bowie