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David Bowie dead at 69

By: Curtis Sindrey –

Iconic artist David Bowie is dead at the age of 69.

Iconic artist David Bowie is dead at the age of 69.

 

Iconic artist David Bowie, who released his critically acclaimed twenty-fifth album, Blackstar, on January 8th, has died at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer.

A statement was released on his social media accounts:

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.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Bowie was to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 31st featuring The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, The Mountain Goats, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart, Perry Farrell, and surprise guests.

Bowie’s long-time collaborator, Tony Visconti, who worked with him from 1969’s Space Oddity to his final album, Blackstarwrote on Facebook,

“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”

Tributes on Twitter have been rolling in from artists such as Kanye West, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Mark Ruffalo, Jack Antonoff (of Fun, Bleachers, and Steel Train), and more. Read them below.

 

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