Visionary. Artist. Icon. Trendsetter. Showman. Musician. Actor. Father. David Bowie lost his 18 month battle with cancer over the weekend, passing away with his family by his side at the age of 69.
It’s impossible to underestimate the influence that Bowie had on music and the arts. He was a forward thinker, reinventing himself again and again. He could have stayed Ziggy Stardust forever and had an incredibly successful career, instead every album left fans and critics waiting to see what persona Bowie had taken and what direction he would take his music.
His music career spanned over six decades, with Space Oddity being released in 1969 and his last release, Blackstar, coming out just last week on his birthday.
Many fans believe that Bowie was saying goodbye in Blackstar, especially through the haunting video for Lazarus that was released last week – ‘Look up here I’m in heaven. I have scars that can’t be seen.’
Bowie is survived by his wife Iman , their daughter Alexandria and his son Duncan from his first marriage.
Visit Rollingstone.com for a retrospective of Bowie’s entire career.