British singer David Bowie has died.
On Sunday, January 10th, at the age of 69, the music came to an end.
The news was posted on his social media accounts.
Bowie registered on the music scene his first hit in 1969 with the song “Space Oddity” and secured an enduring fanbase with his early albums.
But the singer’s breakthrough didn’t happen until 1972, when he unveiled his androgynous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, which catapulted him from “cult figure to rock icon.”
He produced albums for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, before retiring the Stardust character in 1973.
In the late 1980’s, Bowie recognized the genius of Gil Evans and had Gil work on the soundtrack to the movie Absolute Beginners – one of the greatest musical collaborations of the 80’s.
Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 1997, he celebrated his 50th birthday, playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Gardens alongside the Foo Fighters, Billy Corgan, Lou Reed, Robert Smith and Frank Black.
In 2004, the musician suffered chest pains while performing at a festival in Germany and collapsed backstage. He was diagnosed as a clogged coronary artery and required emergency heart surgery.
Rumors of his ill health spread over the ensuing years.
Bowie went on to release his first single in 10 years, “We Are We Now” in January 2013, prompting his close friend, producer Tony Visconti, to deny that the singer had Alzheimer’s disease.
Bowie released his 25th album, “Blackstar,” on Jan. 8. Additionally, the musical “Lazarus,” which he co-wrote with playwright Enda Walsh and features old and new Bowie songs, opened in December to positive reviews. It earned bragging rights as the fastest-selling Off Broadway show ever, according to The New York Times.
Like so many artists, working until death, Bowie did what he loved and loved what he did. In the end, was ashes to ashes, funk to funky, as David Bowie, like Major Tom, came to the end of his journey. Thank you David, for being the creative force to the world.