After an 18-month long battle with cancer, singer David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69. We look back at his life in photos...
After an 18-month long battle with cancer, singer David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. The sad news comes just days after his birthday and the release of his 25th studio album Blackstar.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on social media on the morning of January 10th with the following statement: “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.”
Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, south London, on January 8th 1947. He changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees’ Davy Jones reached stardom in 1966.
Over a career spanning six decades, Bowie was renowned for his reinventions and flamboyant style. He achieved his first UK number on with Space Oddity in 1969, and later went on to make hits such as Let’s Dance, Starman and Life On Mars. He reached critical acclaim and mainstream success with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust following the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust in 1972.
We are greatly saddened by the loss of such a talent who inspired people across the world with his musical prowess and ever-changing style. Click through our tribute gallery of David Bowie’s life in pictures…
Bowie was known for his various guises, most famously his glam rock
alter-ego Ziggy Stardust he created for the album The Rise and Fall of
Ziggy Stardust and Spiders From Mars in 1972.
Bowie is thought to have sold over 140 million records during his
career, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He
toured all around the world during his career, including here at Wembley
Stadium in 1995 along with Nine Inch Nails.
David Bowie toured the world 14 times between 1972 and 2004. Here he is pictured on stage at his 1987 'Glass Spider Tour'.
Bowie was married twice - he first wed Angie Jones in 1970, and the
couple had their son Duncan a year later before they divorced in 1980.
Bowie later married supermodel Iman in 1992. They have one daughter,
Alexandria, aged 15.
In 1997, Bowie received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1964, Bowie released his first recording Liza Jane/Louie Louie Go
Home under the name Davie Jones and the King Bees, aged just 17.
As well as scores of studio albums and world tours, Bowie was known for
his numerous film roles, such as Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson's
Labyrinth in 1986.
Bowie headlined Glastonbury festival in 2000.