I only learned of the passing of the genius who was David Bowie last last night, Vietnam time, when I received a text from my sister back in the UK. As with all of us who he touched and inspired on so many levels he will be sorely missed. This article charts his career from Space Oddity to his new release on Friday, Black Star, which is being acclaimed as his best to date. Thanks to Jimmy for posting the above photograph on Friday, his 69th birthday.
On Friday, January 8th, the day David Bowie both celebrated his 69th birthday and released his final studio album ★ (Blackstar), the musician’s official website released a new set of photos. Taken by his longtime photographer Jimmy King, they are likely the final images of Bowie. He died on Sunday evening.
According to an issued statement, Bowie passed away following an 18-month battle with cancer. Despite his illness, he remained active up until his death, appearing in public just last month to attend a staging of his off-Broadway adaptation of Lazarus. Last week he released ★ along with the all-too-surreal video for album track “Lazarus”.
All day long we’ve been collecting the various tributes to Bowie. Everyone from Paul McCartney, to Yoko Ono, to Kendrick Lamar has taken time to remember what many consider to be the greatest musician of all time.
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