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Old Jan 10, 2016, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default RIP David Bowie

Details are still coming in. Hollywood Reporter and other dot coms are reporting the loss of David Bowie from cancer.
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 01:53 AM   #2
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David Bowie (69) died after 18 Months Cancer Battle
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 02:30 AM   #3
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Default RIP David

There's a good article on BBC about him. Here it is:

David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

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.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

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The singer only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday.

Tributes have been paid to Bowie from across the world of entertainment.

Brian Eno, who collaborated with Bowie on his albums Low and Heroes, said: "Words cannot express... rest in peace David Bowie".

Rapper Kanye West said: "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."

Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, who convinced Bowie to star as himself and ridicule Gervais in an episode of 2006 sitcom Extras, wrote simply: "I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."

Comedian and writer Eddie Izzard said: "Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever."

Bowie collaborator Rick Wakeman wrote on Twitter: "As I'm sure you can imagine I'm gutted hearing of David's passing. He was the biggest influence & encouragement I could ever have wished for."

And Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss."

In 2001 Bowie stared with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the film Zoolander
Will Gompertz, BBC Arts editor:

David Bowie was the Picasso of pop. He was an innovative, visionary, restless artist: the ultimate ever-changing postmodernist. Along with the Beatles, Stones and Elvis Presley, Bowie defined what pop music could and should be. He brought art to the pop party, infusing his music and performances with the avant-garde ideas of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

He turned pop in a new direction in 1972 with the introduction of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Glam rock was the starting point, but Ziggy was much more than an eyeliner-wearing maverick: he was a truly theatrical character that at once harked backed to pre-War European theatre while anticipating 1980s androgyny and today's discussions around a transgender spectrum.

He was a great singer, songwriter, performer, actor, producer and collaborator. But beyond all that, at the very heart of the matter, David Bowie was quite simply - quite extraordinarily - cool. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006. Blackstar, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.

Bowie's breakthrough came with 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

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Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter:

Today's news is all the more shocking because David Bowie had recently emerged from suspended animation - revitalised and reinvigorated. His two last albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, ranked with his best, the former celebrating his past, the latter casting forward to the future. The fact he won't be there is heartbreaking.

But then Bowie's entire career has been a vanishing act. The son of a waitress and a nightclub owner, David Jones became David Bowie, who became Ziggy Stardust, who became Aladdin Sane, who became the Thin White Duke. All of them were fictitious. All of them became iconic.

In the 1970s, he was restless, flitting between musical styles and personas, producing Lou Reed and The Stooges, and taking up painting in Berlin. His every move sparked impersonators and inspired musical sub-genres. He was the first post-modern pop star.

He struggled to remain relevant in the 1980s and 90s, but continued to push boundaries with the industrial rock of Outside and the drum and bass influenced Earthling. An enforced hiatus, prompted by an emergency angioplasty, took him out of the spotlight for most of the 2000s before that celebrated, unexpected comeback on his 66th birthday.

That late period of creativity may now be reassessed as the work of a musician who knew his time was running out. But it remains a fitting legacy for a man who subverted and reinvented pop time and time again.

His hits include Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars. He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

He also carved out an acting career, including his role as an alien seeking help for his dying planet in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976. He did a three-month stint as The Elephant Man on Broadway in the 1980s. Bowie also starred in Marlene Dietrich's last film, Just a Gigolo (1978), and played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).

Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, south London, on 8 January in 1947. He changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees' Davy Jones achieved stardom. He was in several bands before he signed with Mercury Records, which released his album Man of Words, Man of Music in 1969, which included Space Oddity, his first UK number one.

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Genuinely gutted at this news. Loved the guy!
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 09:09 AM   #5
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Sad news. I'm a big fan.
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Old Jan 11, 2016, 07:26 PM   #7
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Which music icon will be the third to join Rock n Roll heaven? They really need to update that song. First Natalie Cole, now David although I was never fans of both, I did like some of their songs. It's nice to know beyond his wacky stage persona, he was a really nice person. At least neither is suffering anymore. My sympathies to their family and friends.
Getting off the music genre, I was also surprised to hear about the demise of Pat Harrington, although he was in his 80's. He played the maintenance guy on the 70's classic " One Day At A Time". I really liked it as a kid. I read he had dementia.

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Never really realized what an impact David Bowie had on my life musically until a few days ago.
Genuinely saddened by his loss. I'm glad I was able to see his vast talents once in my life time.
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The first time I can remember seeing David Bowie would've been on Top Of The Pops in 1979 performing 'Boys Keep Swinging' with the video of him in drag.
The next time, would've been the following;
It would've been the last thing of the 70s/first thing of the 80s I saw on tv!
It freaked out my 20-year old cousin, who was even in a punk band then!
I think Bowie's influence will grow in the future. There aren't many artists who have really reached out and touched as many people - maybe just Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Michael Jackson.
The only artist I can compare Bowie to now is Kate Bush, someone who takes great care of their art, and totally puts themselves in it.
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