Passing Of A Giant

Passing Of A Giant

Passing Of A Giant: David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69. “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,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.  Born David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees’ Davy Jones achieved stardom. He played saxophone and started a mime company, and after stints in several bands he signed with Mercury Records, which in 1969 released his album Man of Words/Man of Music, which featured “Space Oddity,” a poignant song about an astronaut, Major Tom, spiraling out of control.

His latest album Blackstar was released just last Friday, although Bowie had rarely performed or been seen in public in recent months. Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: ‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.’ Thousands of fans expressed their grief at the star’s unexpected death, sharing his song lyrics online and reminiscing about memories of him – one enthusiast wrote: ‘Didn’t occur to me that David Bowie could die.’ Bowie was married twice – he wed first wife Angie in 1970, and the couple’s son Duncan was born the next year before they divorced in 1980. He later married supermodel Iman, having a daughter named Alexandria who is now 15.

Passing Of A Giant