David Bowie, rock superstar died at age 69, after a prolonged battle with cancer, confirmed Duncan Jones, his son.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Bowie’s latest album, Blackstar was released just last Friday, which happened to be his birthday.
Bowie, born David Jones in 1947, rose to prominence in the late ’60s, and dominated the ’70s landscape, constantly refreshing and innovating his image and sound. It’s estimated that in total he sold in excess of 140 million albums globally. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, David Bowie inhabited a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision. Unwilling to stay on the treadmill of rock legend and avoiding the descent into ever demeaning and decreasing circles of cliché, Bowie wrote and performed what he always wanted when he wanted.