Iconic Musician David Bowie Passes Aged 69

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david-bowieLong time musical genius and one of the most influential musicians of all time, David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69.

The tragic news was announced on Bowie’s Twitter and Facebook on Monday stating he “died peacefully” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.

Musicians and celebrities around the globe have paid tribute to the extraordinary artist via social media, including Sir Paul McCartney and Bowie’s son Duncan Jones.

Some of the artist’s great classics include Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Heroes and Under Pressure, and he is also well known for his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Over the years, Bowie’s music has significantly influenced pop culture.

The singer, who had been residing in New York at the time of his death, released his latest album “Blackstar” on Friday to celebrate his 69th birthday.

Bowie’s long-time friend and producer stated that the album was meant as a “parting gift” to the world, and it has been well-received by critics and fans alike with the album on course to be number one in the UK.

Hundreds of fans have gathered outside Bowie’s birthplace in Brixton and his residence in New York to pay tribute and participate in an impromptu sing-along of his hits.

Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, south London on January 8, 1947 and changed his name in 1966 after Davy Jones from The Monkees made it big. He was in several bands before he signed with Mercury Records and his album Space Oddity hit number one in the UK.

The singer’s career only went uphill from there with his breakthrough of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust in 1972.

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– Written by John Ardic

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