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Music world mourns the death of David Bowie

The pop icon died last night after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

A screengrab of legendary musician David Bowie during his latest music video, ‘Blackstar’.
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NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG – The music world is mourning the death of David Bowie.

The pop icon died last night after a long battle with cancer.

He was 69. 

The news was confirmed via Bowie's official Twitter and Facebook pages saying the singer, performer and painter died peacefully last night surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

Tributes continue pouring in for Bowie. 

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted, “I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of reinvention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.”
Musician Kanye West says Bowie was one of his most important inspirations.
Despite his relatively low profile over the past few years, Bowie gave no hint that he was gravely ill. 

Inspired by the jazz of the London West End, the multi-instrumentalist started playing the saxophone at the age of 15.

His career skyrocketed in the 1960s with the hit single Space Oddity from his debut album originally titled David Bowie.

Taking on an experimental approach to rock music and pop culture Bowie came back in 1972 embodying the ‘glam rock’ age with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

The barrier breaking persona defied gender roles with his use of androgynous costume, elaborate make-up, erotic stage performance, and provocative song lyrics.

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Over the years Bowie worked back and forth between acting and music, landing roles in The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Elephant Man, and Labyrinth.

His artistic activity extended further into painting and sculpting which he had taken up in his school days.

His relationship with long time spouse, Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid is one of the most celebrated love stories.

Bowie married the Somali fashion model in a civil ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1992.

According to Rolling Stone, January 2014, Bowie called American Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s entire group to a downtown studio in New York to begin work on his 25th album.

The record was released on 8 January, his 69th birthday.

 

Bowie, who was born David Robert Jones leaves behind two children, Duncan Jones (born 1971) and Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones (born 2000).

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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