Rock Icon David Bowie Dies At 69
"For a music fan, he was everything”
David Bowie, the iconic rock star whose career spanned more than half a century and whose influence transcended music, fashion and sexuality, has died aged 69. "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," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts. Sir Paul McCartney described him as a "great star" who "played a very strong part in British musical history”. Bowie's son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.” The news comes just days after Mr. Bowie released his 28th album, “Blackstar,” on Friday, his 69th birthday. “Look up here, I’m in heaven,” he sings from a stark white bed in the music video for “Lazarus,” one of the new tracks. Bowie also recently opened the rock musical Lazarus in New York City, in which he revisits the character he played in The Man Who Fell to Earth. The project, based on American writer Walter Tevis' 1963 sci-fi novel, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Michael C. Hall, was initiated by Bowie, who has long nurtured the idea of a return to the character he played onscreen.