David Bowie, globally beloved singer and performer has died aged sixty-nine, after a secret eighteen month battle with cancer.
A statement was released on social media this morning through the official David Bowie accounts, reading ‘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 this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this time of grief.’
Tributes have already begun to flood the internet as the world mourns the passing of one of the greatest singers of his era. His many hits included Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Starman, Ashes to Ashes, Heroes, Let’s Dance, The Man Who Sold The World, Changes, The Jean Genie, Diamond Dogs, Rebel Rebel and Under Pressure to name but a small few.
David Bowie, born David Jones, was able to reinvent himself multiple times over his career, ranging from his alter ego Ziggy Stardust to his time as The Thin White Duke, he became known as the chameleon of rock. his ability to adapt to the times, yet retain his own unique style and appeal is true even to this day, as his latest album ‘Blackstar’ was released just last Friday, on his birthday, where it shot to number one in the UK iTunes charts and number 2 in the US.
David Bowie appealed to those who felt alienated, to misfits and united millions in their love of the singer.
On a personal note, David Bowie was one of my mother’s favourite singers, and I grew up hearing and loving his music. One of my mothers favourite films was also the brilliant Labyrinth, which starred David Bowie alongside a young Jennifer Connelly and host of puppets at the evil and sexy Goblin King.
I loved that film so much that when I was young I watched it almost every single day. Despite his amazing music to me he will always be the Goblin King first and foremost.
The world has lost one of its greatest musicians and iconic LGBT faces, The LGBT community, and the world will mourn his passing.
He once said ‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to superhuman’.’ You were David, and we will all miss you.