David Bowie Has Died At Age 69
We don’t care if you identify as a metalhead, a punk purist or something in between – if you’ve ever claimed to be a fan of music, this one’s going to hit hard. Legendary musician David Bowie has been confirmed dead at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. His official Facebook page broke the news, much to the shock and disbelief of fans across the globe who insisted that this was merely another celebrity death hoax. If only we were so lucky.
Sky News are reporting that Bowie’s publicist has confirmed the news, as has Bowie’s own son, Duncan Jones, who posted a photo on his personal Twitter account and wrote that he was “very sorry and sad to say it’s true”.
With news of the musician’s cancer battle largely being kept out of the public eye, fans everywhere have only recently settled in with his new – and twenty-fifth – full-length, Blackstar, which was released mere days ago to great critical acclaim.
The British singer rose to fame in the ’70s off the back of his first hit song, “Space Oddity” (1969), and forged a decades-long career through his innovative approach to songwriting and uncanny ability to reinvent himself time and time again. He challenged notions of gender, of what constituted rock’n’roll, and in the process, cemented himself as a true pop culture icon. If anyone needs us, we’ll be wading through the man’s back catalogue. This one hurts.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
R.I.P. David Bowie – 1947-2016