Iconic singer David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69
Jan 11, NY: Iconic singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer. His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was issued on his social media accounts. He had just released a new album.
Bowie, whose hits included "Fame," ''Heroes" and "Let's Dance," died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family, representative Steve Martin said early Monday. The singer had fought cancer for 18 months.
Long before alter egos and wild outfits became commonplace in pop, Bowie set the music world on its ear with the release of the 1972 album, "The
Rise of Ziggy Stardust and Spiders from Mars," which introduced one of music's most famous personas. Ziggy Stardust was a concept album that imagined a genre-bending rock star from outer space trying to make his way in the music world. The persona — the red-headed, eyeliner wearing Stardust — would become an enduring part of his legacy, and a touchstone for the way entertainers packaged themselves for years to come.
Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day as he released a new album called "Blackstar." The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics. He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
His son wrote on Twitter: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."
The Oslo Times