Photo Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Ivan Arevalo
Music legend, fashion icon and awe-inspiring chameleon artist, David Bowie, has passed away at the age of 69 this morning after an 18-month battle with cancer. The hit-maker and ever changing hero inspired hundreds of musicians. The pioneer has been named by multiples as “a true artist”.The announcement of his death was confirmed by his publicist after a Facebook post was made on his page:
Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, 44, released a statement on Twitter.
Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
The attachement included a photograph of young Duncan sitting on his father’s, Bowie, shoulders.
Bowie, best known for his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust at the beginning of his career and hits such as “Let’s Dance”, “Space Oddity”, and “Changes” along with his role as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth(1986), explored different art forms and adapting them to his own. The White Duke was heavily beloved by his fans.
He became the first rockstar to morph into an internet service provider with the launch of BowieNet, in September of 1998.
His last parting gift for the world was his 25th and final album “Blackstar”, released on January 8th, 2016, the day of his 69th birthday. From this album, he released for a video for the song, Lazarus in which, Bowie, is bedridden in a hospital with bandages over his eyes and hauntingly singing “Look here/ I’m in Heaven”.
The heavily inspired theatrical and spacey album was critically acclaimed and held in high regards.
“The most extreme album of his [Bowie’s] career” – The Independent.
Some of the world’s biggest musicians today took to social media to express their sorrows and condolences.
Thank you for everything you brought us. RIP David Bowie xx
— florence welch (@flo_tweet) January 11, 2016
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. – Iggy Pop”
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/9xfPj88x8b
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) January 11, 2016
The Recording Academy, also released a statement regarding Bowie’s death.
“David Bowie was truly a Renaissance man and visionary artist with extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, performer, actor and producer, and was a musical hero to millions. A GRAMMY® Award Winner and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, he is remembered and celebrated today for his audacious approach to pushing creative boundaries and ability to reinvent himself time and time again, changing the course of pop music in the process. David was a true original who influenced so many and his art will live on forever. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, creative collaborators and to all of David’s fans across the globe.” -Neil Portnow, President/CEO
Our very own WMSC DJ, Michael Mitsch, called Terrie Carr, WDHA, to share his thoughts and memories of Bowie’s life.
His loss is one of the greatest losses in music history comparable to that of Michael Jackson (2009), Kurt Cobain (1994), John Lennon (1980), Jimi Hendrix (1970), and James Brown (2006). Bowie will always be remembered as an artist, performer, fashion icon, fierce songwriter, master of reinvention and a true visionary who pushed the envelope when it came to music, visual production, and exploration of sexuality and boundaries.
WMSC will pay tribute to the late White Duke. Tune into Back To The Future with Tom Kaminski, Friday, January 15 from 10am-1pm for three hours of David Bowie’s music and a celebration of his life and legacy.