David Bowie dies at age 69 after 18-month cancer battle

David Bowie
photo: Jimmy King (via Facebook)

Legendary musician, actor, fashion icon and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee David Bowie has passed away. The news was delivered via a brief statement on his Facebook page, which states:

“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.”

Bowie had just turned 69 on January 8, two days prior to his death. On that same day, he released Blackstar, his 28th and final album, featuring the new single “Lazarus.,” which begins with Bowie singing, “Look at me, I’m in heaven.”

David Bowie had been active as a musician ever since his self-titled debut came out in 1967. Throughout the past five decades, Bowie has been one of rock ’n’ roll’s most exciting, unique voices, consistently pushing artistic boundaries no one else could. The list of people he has collaborated with is downright breathtaking in its depth of talent: John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Queen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed Brian Eno, Tina Turner, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, TV On The Radio and Arcade Fire, which led to this writer’s personal favorite performance of “Wake Up”:

David Bowie was not just an innovative musician but also an actor, appearing in more than two dozen films both lighthearted (Zoolander, where he played himself; Labyrinth, as the Goblin King) to dramatic (The Prestige, as Nikola Tesla; The Last Temptation Of Christ, as Pontius Pilate).

Substream sends out our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of David Bowie. He will be missed by millions worldwide.