In the midst of Golden Globes records, legendary singer, songwriter, and producer David Bowie died at 69 after an 18-month battle with liver cancer.
The news of the innovator’s passing was announced on his Facebook page.
Born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England, Bowie developed an early interest in music, though much of the 1960s were his frustrated years. In July 1969, Bowie released Space Oddity, which became his first top five entry on the UK charts. Bowie then took a three-year hiatus and re-emerged as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust and “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day.”
During his emergence in the 1970s, Bowie was married to Mary Angela Barnett (Angie Bowie) who he has one child with, Duncan. In 1975, he achieved American success with the single “Fame” and his album Young Americans. Bowie also endured a sporadic film career appearing most recently as scientist Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. In 1992, Bowie married Somali-American model Iman with whom he has a daughter named Alexandria.
Bowie wrote music, above all, about being an outsider.
Throughout his life, Bowie had an immense influence on music, art, and fashion; sharing his androgynous looks and fierce approach to standing out with everyone.
The musician “broadened the imagination of the fashion industry,” resulting in eye-catching Vogue covers, runway looks, and magazine spreads. A model frequently depicted in Bowie is Kate Moss.
David Bowie often shared his traverse style at concerts and in music videos, meshing continents and eras, wearing kimonos and pieces influenced by German Expressionism. He set a bar for fashion that have been replicated on runways like Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collection.
He was a man of many talents and alter-egos, whose legacy will never be forgotten.
In the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, “I wonder if some forms of creativity can only be generated by a Space Oddity that Falls to Earth.”