David Bowie, Music Icon, Dies at 69

David Bowie, Music Icon, Dies at 69
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Just two days after his 69th birthday, legendary singer David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to a statement given by his family posted on his social media accounts.

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

Bowie’s 40-plus years in the music industry and reputation as one of world’s foremost creatives influenced almost every genre from glam rock to dance and electronic, and every pop and rock artist from Lady Gaga and Pharrell to Motley Crue. 

Arguably, he’s had as many looks and reinventions as Madonna, though his most famous was hands-down the androgynous red-haired space alien Ziggy Stardust, his alter-ego from his eponymous 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Throughout the years, his fashion sense morphed and evolved time and time again, always with an eye to the theatrical.

He released his 25th and final album, Blackstar, on his birthday, last Friday.

He is survived by wife, Iman; children, Duncan and Alexandria Jones; and his stepdaughter, Zulekha Haywood.

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David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days of the '70s.

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In peak Ziggy Stardust days.

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Bowie performing at his Serious Moonlight World Tour in 1983, with some serious saxophone action.

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As part of the Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974, Bowie embraced blazers and paid.

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During an onstage performance in 1972.

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Performing as Thin White Duke in 1976. This particular alter-ego was known for his slick blonde hair, white shirts, and black waistcoat.

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Bowie rocked an A-Ha-inspired look, complete with bouffant hair, in the '80s.

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At the Glastonbury Festival in 2000, rocking an Alexander McQueen coat.

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As close as Bowie ever got to normcore (at a photo call in 2004).

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At the 2010 CFDA Awards with his wife, Iman.

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