Iconic artist David Bowie has died at 69 after a prolonged battle with cancer, putting an end to a successful career spanning over five decades.
David Bowie died peacefully on Sunday, 10th January 2016 surrounded by his family after a brave 18-month battle with cancer.
Born and raised in south London, Bowie developed a great passion in music as a child. He eventually studied art, music and design before throwing his whole weight into a professional career as a musician in 1963.
The legendary singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his successful career which lasted for almost 5 decades. He also just released his 25th album, Blackstar, on Jan. 8, which was his birthday.
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Regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s, Bowie achieved his artistic breakthrough with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that promoted the idea of rock star as space alien.
Three years after, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single “Fame” off the top 10 album Young Americans. Other unforgettable songs include avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit “Golden Years”, 1983’s “Let’s Dance” — his only other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity”, “Heroes”, “Changes”, “Under Pressure”, “China Girl”, “Modern Love”, “Rebel”,“All the Young Dudes”, “Panic in Detroit”, “Fashion”, “Life on Mars”, “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.
Bowie who died just two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar remained musically active until his death on 10 January 2016.
May his soul rest in peace.