Music legend David Bowie has passed away on January 10 after a long and difficult battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
A post on the icon’s Facebook page read, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” The news of his passing was confirmed by the Thin White Duke’s publicist.
The news came as a massive shock to millions of fans around the world, who immediately expressed their grief and gave their condolences over social media. David Bowie had not disclosed his illness and maintained a high profile until his passing.
What made the news even more shocking was that he had only released his 25th LP Blackstar this past Friday. It garnered some of the best reviews from critics of his career and his impact on popular music can’t be overstated. Since the release of his self-titled debut album in 1967, the Brit glam rocker was known to push sonic boundaries with zeal and experiment in innovated ways that had never been done before.
Bowie landed a total of six Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 over the span of six decades–topping the chart with his 1975 classic tune “Fame” and yet again with “Let’s Dance” in 1983. The pop chameleon won two Grammys and three Brits in his lifetime and is estimated to have sold more than 140 million records around the world.
Revisit his extraordinary hit “Starman” down below. May he rest in peace and his memory live on forever.