The music world lost a legend on January 10, 2015 when singer David Bowie passed away from cancer at age 69.
Legendary singer and musician David Bowie passed away on Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer. According to a BBC report, Bowie was 69 years old, and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. His net worth at the time of his death was $230 million.
The world has been mourning the singer’s loss since the news of his death broke late Sunday night. He was revered almost universally in the music world; Sir Paul McCartney described Bowie as a “great star” who contributed heavily to British musical history. According to Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, the singer’s family will be taking their time to mourn and reflect on his life and accomplishments.
The singer’s Facebook page announced his death, writing, “January 10 2016 – 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 singer was notable for his hit songs including “Let’s Dance,” Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Modern Love,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Life on Mars.” His alter ego and accompanying album Ziggy Stardust has inspired countless artists, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
The singer was busy during the final months of his life, recording and releasing a seven-song album entitled “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday last Friday. The album immediately earned wide critical acclaim, and is viewed as Bowie’s ‘parting gift’ to the world.
Bowie’s lifelong friend and producer Tony Visconti wrote on Facebook, “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.”
Blackstar has been steadily climbing the charts, and had sold a combined 43,000 units when it was released on Friday.
David Bowie sold 140 million albums since his first release in 1967, including 111 singles and 51 accompanying music videos. He has recorded a total of 25 studio albums, including his most recent release, Blackstar.
David Bowie will be missed by millions, and his music will continue to inspire musicians and people from all walks of life alike for generations to come.