The man who owned the senates and whose influence on music is arguably the biggest of them all passed away days after the release of his critically acclaimed Blackstar album and his 69th birthday.
The announcement was posted in a statement on his official Facebook page yesterday, 10 January. It read: “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.”
The news has since been confirmed by several sources.
Blackstar is a dark and brilliantly strange record, full of death and darkness and groundbreaking music. It came at the end of a prolifically creative career in which he innovated, influenced and changed music, style and all culture and a generation opening up possibilities and showing the range of ideas in music that were possible as well as writing some of the greatest songs of all time.