World pays tribute to the “extraordinary artist” David Bowie

Tributes also came from popular music titans, including the Rolling Stones, Madonna and rapper Kanye West, after Bowie died at the age of 69 following a secret battle with cancer.A pioneering chameleon of performance imagery, Bowie has ridden the worlds of hedonistic rock, fashion, art and theater for five decades, pushing the boundaries of music and one’s own sanity to produce some of the most groundbreaking songs of his generation. .

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” reads a statement on Bowie’s Facebook page dated January 10.


A spokesperson for Bowie said he died on Sunday but refused to say where or from what type of cancer.


“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” said the Stones.

“He was an extraordinary artist and a true original”.

Madonna said on Twitter: “Of talent. Unique. Genius. Change the game. The man who fell to Earth. Your spirit lives forever!”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he grew up with Bowie’s music and described his death as “a huge loss”.

The Vatican said, “Check the ignition and may the love of God be with you” – borrowing a verse from Bowie Space Oddity’s first hit.

In a music video accompanying Bowie’s new jazz album Blackstar, released last Friday for his 69th birthday, the singer was shown in a hospital bed with bandages around his eyes.

Born David Jones in Brixton two years after World War II ended, he began playing the saxophone at age 13 before changing his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones, according to Rolling Stone.

He became famous in Britain in 1969 with Space Oddity, whose words he said were inspired by watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey film while he was stoned.

But it was Bowie’s 1972 portrayal of Ziggy Stardust, a doomed bisexual rock envoy from space, that brought him global stardom.

Bowie and Ziggy, who wore outrageous costumes, bright orange makeup and hair, took the pop world by storm.

Bowie continued to innovate, helping produce Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side and Iggy Pop’s album Lust for Life, delving into American rhythm & blues and writing the hit Fame with John Lennon.

This was a period that saw Bowie sporting a number of fantastic costumes, some of which are rumored to be based on the chilling Kubrick movie A Clockwork Orange.

“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way,” said Tony Visconti, the US producer who helped bring Bowie to stardom.

“He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now it’s time to cry.”

Always ahead of public opinion, Bowie told the Melody Maker newspaper in 1972 that he was gay, a step that helped pioneer sexual openness in Britain, which had only decriminalized homosexuality in 1967.

Bowie married in 1970.

Four years later, he informed Playboy that he was bisexual, but in the 1980s he told Rolling Stone magazine that the statement was “the biggest mistake he ever made” and that he was “always a hiding heterosexual.”


He landed his first number 1 in the US with Fame and created a new character, the Thin White Duke, for his Station to Station album.

But the excesses of a hedonistic life were taking their toll.

In reference to his prodigious appetite for cocaine, he said, “I blew my nose one day in California. And I helped my brain out. Something had to be done.”

Bowie moved from the United States to Switzerland and then to Cold War-era Berlin to recover, working with Roxy Music’s Brian Eno to produce some of his less commercial and more ambitious music, including Low and Heroes in 1977.


In 1983, Bowie changed course again, signing a multimillion-dollar five-album deal with EMI.

The first, Let’s Dance, brought him back to success on the charts and almost paid off his advance.

His love life captivated gossip journalists, and his marriage to Somali-American supermodel Iman in 1992 ensured the headlines.

Bowie kept a low profile after undergoing emergency heart surgery in 2004. It wasn’t widely known that he was battling cancer.

“Look here, I’m in heaven,” he sings from a hospital bed in the video accompanying his latest album.

“I have scars that are not seen.”

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