Monday, January 11, 2016
Breaking News: David Bowie Dead at 69
Ziggy Stardust is now one with the cosmos, as his alter-ego David Bowie has just passed away at the age of 69. Bowie had apparently been battling cancer for the past year and a half. He is said to have died peacefully in his sleep according to his representatives.
A statement on all of Bowie's social media accounts announced the loss, saying:
"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."
Bowie had just turned 69 on the 8th of this month and had also just released a brand new album titled Blackstar. Over his 40+ year career he had released 28 albums.
I am honestly devastated with this terrible loss. David Bowie in my opinion is one of the absolute greatest song writers and performers to ever live. His lyrics were always prolific and his musical style was always eclectic and evolving. You never would hear him make the same record twice. He never tried to capitalize on former glory because one of the best things about him was that he was always pushing forward. No matter where he went as a musician or performer his fans would faithfully follow and be enthralled with what he released. Whatever persona he took on next was always radically different and enigmatically profound.
Sadly he stopped performing back in 2002. Definitely a shame because now there is a whole generation of David Bowie fans that have never seen him before and will never get the chance to (myself included). However, I am grateful that we have a 40+ year legacy to look back on. We have TONS of wonderful records, films, TV shows, etc. that he was involved in.
That said, I think I'm going to declare this David Bowie Week on the blog. A man of this magnitude kind of deserves it. It's a terrible loss to all genres of popular music. Feel free to share any thoughts you have relating to David Bowie below.