David Bowie Dies of Cancer at 69

David-Bowie

 

UPDATE:

Music legend David Bowie has been secretly cremated without any of his family or friends present. The iconic singer told his loved ones he wanted to “go without any fuss” and not have a funeral service or public memorial.

 

Sad news on the music front today. Many of you have asked if I was going to post about this, and I was not. However,  it seems a few of you really want a place to discuss his passing.

In a statement on social media it was revealed that he died peacefully, surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie (and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust) was one of the most influential artists of his era in Britain and the U.S.  His career spanned five decades and estimates suggest he sold over 140 million albums before his death.

Bowie in the 70s

Bowie in the 70s

Bowie lived in NYC with model Iman and had just released his final album, Blackstar. on his 69th birthday last Friday to critical acclaim.

Bowie’s first wife, Angie, with whom he had one son is currently in the Celebrity Big Brother House in the UK. She has opted to stay on the show.

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37 responses to “David Bowie Dies of Cancer at 69

  1. WhyOWhy

    I am so sad about this! I was just saying the other night to a friend that it’s long passed time for us to watch Labyrinth (one of our favorite movies). RIP Jareth the Goblin King

  2. Dawn

    It is odd, I was thinking about David and Iman only 2 days ago. I’ve no idea what promoted that, I was unaware he was ill. Sometimes I think my musings are like the kiss of death, it happens a lot. In his most recent pictures I saw a while back, I thought he had really aged or was unwell.

    I have been a big fan my whole life and had no one to share my enthusiasm with, most of my friends being more hum drum classic/soft rock fans. Bowie was just too avant-garde to them. I am like that, except for Bowie, such a beautiful, interesting person.

  3. eastjames

    RIP David Bowie….There are few if any people who could make music across the decades that stayed relevant and continue to gain new fans. This is a horrible sad loss for the music community.

  4. I’ve been listening to Bowie for four decades which is most of my life.

    In the 70’s either you were in the cool clique or the freak clique and both groups were endeared to his talent, artistry, philosophy, & humanity. David Bowie was a true mother fucking ROCK STAR….

    He was such a mysterious figure in the early years.
    Is he a man/woman?
    Gay/straight?
    Human or alien?
    He always provoked thought with his personified “characters” & poetry set to music.

    He is an incomparable artist, and I am grateful that I was alive during a time to experience & appreciate the artistry of David Bowie. The only time I saw him in concert was in 1995 when he toured with Nine Inch Nails, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

    • I also saw David Bowie in concert in the 90’s in San Jose, special night. Just him and the band for 2 hours with several colorful suit changes.
      I’ve a faded memory of him and another (it’ll come to me) Rock Star on a London stage performing and making out.
      I wondered for a moment if he or they were gay or, then it didn’t matter, I just enjoyed.
      I wanted to be as cool as they were.

    • @immelza

      What you said was just perfect UF. I had the pleasure of seeing Bowie in concert 5 or 6 times and also met him (with Mick Jagger) in the late 80’s. He was very nice and surprisingly very talkative, he was a true renaissance man who lived and died with class. I found myself tearing up today listening to his music. #RipBowie

  5. Beignet

    Wat I remember most about David, was the movie, “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” I was taking a Sci-Fi English course and it was a required movie to see at the LSU theater . It impacted me so much… For days.. I was a wreck…. So impactful.. Not only loved his music, but his acting, and so admired his family life… RIP… my dear Rocker!

  6. naa

    I had just downloaded Blackstar on Saturday and was totally loving it, and then this happened and it affected me in a way I never would have expected.

    “Hunky Dory” will always be on my favorite 10 albums of all time. RIP

  7. He’ll be missed! To this day LOVE his song GOLDEN YEARS. Its even my ringtone. Classic♡

  8. kendrawm

    I woke up this morning to the notification on my phone and thought WTF???? He just released an album last week, how.

    In this world where celebs feel the needs to tweet about their every second, he was able to treat his illness as he saw fit. Not with being outed by a magazine, one of the dreaded death watches, but with with the privacy he always had about his personal life.

  9. jolo

    So glad you posted about him. Recently started listening to him again after seeing “the Martian” which featured his songs A Space Oddity & Starman. Today in his honor I’m having my own David Bowie musical tribute…

  10. Rose

    He just had a birthday. Sad news. I remember as a preteen not knowing what to think of people like him and Grace Jones. They were such a mystery to me.

  11. Scatty

    I absolutely loved Bowie, the man and his music. From the 70’s onward I was such a fan and he only got better with time for me. RIP David Bowie, I’m watching all my favorite music video of yours right now.

  12. Cat

    “Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do.”

    R.I.P., Major Tom.

  13. JustJenn

    I’be been following country singer, Joey Feek’s, battle with cancer and keeping up with with Monty (Terri now) on Instagram so maybe that’s why David Bowie’s death hit me so hard this morning; too many people losing their battle with cancer. I wasn’t a huge David Bowie fan but my eyes did well up with tears when reading the news of his passing this morning. He was a genuine trailblazer and kept true to himself and his fans until the day he died..it’s rare to find that kind of integrity these days. I’m positive the world will mourn the loss of David Bowie for years to come.

  14. Angelbee

    My heart broke

  15. Xanadude

    I grew up with Bowie, thanks to my amazingly cool older brothers. There hasn’t been a time when I DIDN’T listen to him, you know? I came of buying my own music age right as Modern Love/Let’s Dance/China Girl were hitting the air.
    I tried to explain Bowie’s contribution to culture to El Esposo today (he’s much older and his tastes go toward classical and musicals) and there really weren’t words to adequately describe not just the musical contribution, but the impact on the general culture.
    Damn.

    • StubbyG

      Xanadude, we both grew up in the same time period. I would watch MTV all the time and was always excited to see any of his videos and David became one of my first crushes. This is a very sad day.

  16. Christina

    Like Xanadude, I found Bowie as a teen in the mid-80’s and fell totally and completely in love with him and his creative genius and regardless of how my musical bent changed through the years, my Bowie adoration remained constant. When I heard the news of his death this morning, I cried and felt such a shockingly personal feeling of loss.
    If you can, see the exhibit David Bowie is…which is touring internationally. It is such an affirmation of the breadth and depth of Bowie’s artistry.
    There are few who equaled him. RiP.

  17. T D

    Thank you for teaching me the beauty of putting on red shoes to dance the blues.

  18. As soon as I have time I’m going to rewatch THE HUNGER, an erotic vampire & horror movie with David Bowie & Catherine Deneuve. I haven’t watched it in 20 years but I do use the Motion picture soundtrack every once in a while for background music. It’s a really weird movie but still worth watching because of Bowie, Denueve & Susan Sarandon.

  19. Sad all day. Favorite song Changes. Favorite movie, The Hunger. Bowie was beautiful in all his manifestations. I am not going to think the world has lost some glamour. I am going to look up and see brighter stars.
    “Mmm, yeah I watch the ripples change their size
    But never leave the stream
    Of warm impermanence.”

  20. Gladyskravitz

    I am completely gutted by his death. I can remember being a very young child, wearing huge headphones while my brother played Space Oddity for me. I was hooked for life. I’m thankful I got to see him on the “Serious Moonlight” tour back in the 80s. Godspeed Ziggy Stardust. You made the world a better place.

  21. Angel(?)

    I have always grown up with music, thanks to my mom. David Bowie has always been part of my life in one way another. He was an artist. He was true to himself and that’s kept him interesting through the decades.

    Funny how when Glam Rock hit, it sort of was looked down upon. I remember Bowie, Elton John, and Queen being the British Glam Rock wave. All of their music is now considered classic. All stood the test of time.

    My heart goes out to Iman and David’s children. I always loved Iman and David as a couple.

  22. Kim

    I grew up with David Bowie’s music. Have listened to him since the early 70’s. I will miss him

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