David Bowie (born David Robert Haywood–Jones) passed away today, January 10, 2016 after an eighteen month-long battle with cancer. He had celebrated his 69th birthday on January 8th, 2016 which was just two days prior to his passing.
Bowie began climbing the ladder to fame in 1969, when the song “Space Oddity” was released and it quickly hit the Top 5 on the UK Charts. Three years later, Bowie emerged once again as his notorious alter ego, Ziggy Stardust (& The Spiders From Mars). During his extensive music career, Bowie developed many long-lasting and influential relationships with people such as pop icon Iggy Pop, who released a huge collaboration of music together. Bowie also teamed up with the super group Queen, to release the huge 1981 hit, “Under Pressure“. Bowie was inducted into the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame“ in 1996 and rightly so, as his works spans over 5 decades and 140 million copies of his music has been sold.
Bowie achieved his stardom status upon the silver screen, as well. He made his movie debut featured in the 1976 sci-fi, cult classic “THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH”. Bowie starred in a plethora of roles including everything from playing the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy movie, “LABYRINTH“, to starring as Pontius Pilot in “THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST“, in 1988. Bowie’s most recent film appearance was in 2006, where he portrayed the inventor, Nikola Tesla in “THE PRESTIGE“.
Oddly enough, Bowie’s death exhibits several, very similar characteristics to the recent and most sudden passing of the band Motorhead’s beloved Lemmy Kilmister. Both of these musical icons passed away within two days of celebrating their birthday and unfortunately, they also both died from losing their battles with cancer.
Such devastating losses..
RIP DAVID BOWIE