David Bowie has died from cancer. At 69, he’s just a year younger than Motorhead’s Lemmy who died 2 weeks ago, also from cancer.
Strange for me, is that Lemmy died the night i watched the documentary simply called Lemmy (i would only read about his death the next day). Yesterday, i watched ‘Lazarus’, Bowie’s new music video whilst he was dying in his sleep (now i’m blogging his death).
Bowie’s death was announced on his Facebook fan page, yesterday, January 10 2016: “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.”
One commentator passionately declared, “David Bowie, you are the most special .. The odd , the brilliant , the poet , the vocalist, the artist, the bleeding heart, the fashion King, the most unique and a sunset of 1,000 colors… Thank you for your music – it saved me many times – R.I.P.”
David Bowie was all those things and more, and avante garde entertainer who played by his own rules, delivering music that ranged from psychedelic and rock to pop and experimental. He was an inspiration to many, notably Lady Gaga and Nine Inch Nails.
None of us want to depart… but for those of us left behind it’s wonderful when the dearly departed leave us a new album two days before. Watch these videos from art rock Blackstar – they’re distinctly, wonderfully, weirdly David Bowie.