David Bowie Dead at Age 69 After Secret 18-Month Battle Against Cancer

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Legendary singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months.

The star, who released a new album last week, was known as the creator of glam rock and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

A spokesman for Bowie said this morning: ‘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.’

His latest album Blackstar was released just last Friday, although Bowie had rarely performed or been seen in public in recent months.

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: ‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.’

Other stars paid tribute to the British singer – Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon tweeted: ‘So sad to hear of David Bowie dying x’.

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  • eMan14

    I’m stunned about this news. I’ve liked much of his music over the years. And was excited to hear his latest album. Now this…

    • It is sad news.

    • kkruger71

      Had not had a chance to hear the latest album but did read it’s getting great reviews. His music was very hit-or-miss for me, but I always admired him as an artist.

    • dagawker

      Here’s Some of his new stuff.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw

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    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      I bought his new album Blackstar on vinyl (with digital download) on his birthday on Friday and listened to it over the weekend, many songs more than once. A fitting farewell to my favourite rock star and all around amazing personality. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bowie.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I’ll get it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        On Friday I was thinking in my cynically jaded way that Bowie has a new album and why did he bother?
        Now I know.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I never thought this would fuck me up as much as it has.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I am on that SAME PAGE. “Gobsmacked” doesn’t begin to describe it. I feel emotionally drained when I think about it. And sorrow. A great deal of sorrow. Like I lost a truly close friend or brother.

  • Jay Currie

    Sound track of a lot of the more fun parts of my youth. Sad.

    • Maurice Miner

      What you just said, Jay. +1,000 or more.

      Sad that those who can be heroes (just for one day), eventually meet their end.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The 1980s “party albums” are unbeatable”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    It’s not the side effects of the cocaine.
    I’m thinking that it must be love.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      ‘Station to Station’ is one of the all-time greats! 🙂 The Thin White Duke is smiling right now.

      “Once there were mountains on mountains
      And once there were sunbirds to soar with
      And once I could never be down”

      • Justin St.Denis

        A classic. The churningly slow intro to the title track always blows me away…then the song itself transports me to another place…

        There is only one way to spell “genius”.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Drink, drink, drain your glass.
          Raise your glass high.

      • Clink9

        I saw him in Toronto for the Thin White Duke and Glass Spider Tour.
        He was excellent.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          If I’m not mistaken, the Thin White Duke tour was performed at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. I saw the Glass Spider tour and the Sound and Vision tours in Toronto. Amazing performer live.

          • Clink9

            I saw him at Maple Leaf Gardens the first time and outdoors on a cold night at the old CNE I think for Spider.

          • Clink9

            Thin White Duke.

      • Xavier

        Station to Station was probably his best overall work. Bowie led me from FM mainstream to musicians I had missed, like Brian Eno and Iggy Pop, and everything that opens up.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          I was lucky enough to see Iggy Pop perform at RPM (in Toronto back in the day near the Lake) in 1988 just a few years after his amazing ‘Blah Blah Blah’ album which Bowie produced. Incredible performer. I have explored Eno’s work, more mainstream and ambient, too, since the 80s. ‘Station to Station’ is one of my favourite albums, but I have a soft spot for ‘Low’ and ‘Lodger’ and ‘Heathen’, too.

          • Xavier

            In Virginia in the early 80’s, a robber holed up in an office building. His demands included all the iced tea he could drink and that the local radio station play everything by David Bowie, except “Blue, blue, electric blue”. Of course, that was Sound and Vision from Low.

            We enjoyed the music until he was captured.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Weird, cuz that’s the colour of my room.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Bowie led me to the Associates.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Listening right now to ‘Lazarus’ for the gazillionth time since Friday. Yeah, the Associates. Listened to them this morning. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

          • Justin St.Denis

            “Lodger” and “Scary Monsters” are like bookends to me – matched perfectly and perfectly bizarre.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          Totally agree about ‘Stay’. Powerful song on a tremendous album.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Station to Station is my favourite Bowie album.
          I’m singing along to TVC15 in my head right now.
          I love the way that song fades out.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I awoke at 3:30 a.m. only to read the news that David Bowie had died. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. Quite literally, I threw up. I am dead serious here. I have everything David Bowie ever recorded, and followed his career from the very beginning. I grew up with David Bowie, got into being an adult with David Bowie, and reconciled myself to growing older along with David Bowie. I had never even considered that David Bowie would die before me. Never. I picked up BLACKSTAR last week and have been listening to it quite a bit. Bowie’s death explains a few things to me about that CD.

    I am feeling really depressed and devastated over this. This hit me where I live, so to speak. That is how close I have felt to David Bowie for so many years.

    The world has lost a genuinely great artist. R.I.P. David Bowie.

    • Hard to believe in its way that he’s gone. The first album I ever bought was his.

      • Justin St.Denis

        It is almost impossible to accept…….

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          I’m feeling ‘Low’ right now. Incidentally, that’s one of my favourite Bowie albums.

          • This is clearly a media stunt to inscrease Blackstar sales.

          • Exile1981

            I like the new avatar

          • Thanks. I ditched that to stand in solidarity with Milo Yiannopoulos #JeSuisMilo I’ll probably change it soon.

          • Exile1981

            So how is a gecko in solidarity with Milo?

          • We were all Milo! Possibly you missed it. I don’t blame you. Briefly, I was Milo.

            The gecko is a new thingy. Soon there will be another thingy.

          • Exile1981

            Sorry it’s been a nutty week and I’m finally getting over this flu. Plus I spent most of the weekend running around rather than sleeping like I should have been.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Ah! Indeed! 🙂 Bowie is smiling in heaven at that quip.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            We all need to be able to laugh at times like these.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          This is way different than Elvis.
          It’s bigger.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Agreed. A whole different SCALE.

      • Exile1981

        The 1st movie I ever bought on laser disc had him in it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The first record I ever bought was a solo album called You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic by Ian Hunter, the lead singer of Mott the Hoople.
        I was eleven.
        To this day I don’t know what a Hoople is.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      My favourite song is ‘Lazarus’ and I must’ve listened to it a dozen times this weekend. ‘Dollar Days’ and ‘Blackstar’ are amazing, too, but I enjoy every song on the album. Seven tracks, a significant biblical number. This is a deep album, especially in light of the knowledge of his recent death. Yes, as with you, this album explains a few things to me for sure.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I agree completely. Those are the songs that have hooked me, esp. “Lazarus”! It is a very DARK album, but one expected that of Bowie ever since HEATHEN. I am really, really smacked over Bowie’s death. 🙁

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          As dark as Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk?
          I probably won’t be able to listen to this last album for a while.
          Taking refuge in Station to Station.
          I’m ten again.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m still trying to figure this out.
      Numb.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Oh my TVC15
      oh oh
      TVC15

  • dagawker

    Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

    Isaac Asimov

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP6xBFyA_aw

  • FactsWillOut

    Rip Davey Jones.

    • Raymond Cameron

      Davy Jones was the singer of “The Monkeys”. David Jones changed his name to Bowie to avoid the confusion.

      • I think “David Jones” must be one of the most common English language names ever. (Yes, I know “Jones” is Welsh.) I’ve known and read of several. You’d have to have a serious amount of personality to carry off “David Jones”.

  • John
  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The first thought that raced through my head when I heard this news was ‘oh no, I’m old’.
    I was a relative latecomer to Bowie, maybe 17, when I first started to really appreciate his music. Sure, he had songs that I liked on the radio before that, but it was his album “Let’s Dance” that finally hooked me. Only then did I go back and really listen to his older stuff.
    Damn, I’m old!

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    And another, my favorite version of this song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpdHMaccjw4

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’ve heard that Bowie tanked his career in the late seventies with his Berlin phase so he could get out of a bad management deal.
      He went even so far to write and give Under Pressure to Queen to spite his manager.
      And then he saved the good stuff for Let’s Dance.
      I wonder what Paul McCartney thinks of Jet now.
      Maybe he’ll finally come clean about it.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I heard that too. Perhaps there is no other explanation for his album “the lodger”.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          ‘Lodger’ is a fantastic album, way ahead of its time, but yeah definitely not for the mainstream market. Its opening song, ‘Fantastic Voyage’ is fantastic, as are many others from it.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’ll have to go back and give it a listen then.

  • Oh shit!
    And George Jonas. God, what a horrible day.

  • Edubeat

    Big loss to us all

  • Yusuf_al_Kafir
  • It’s a Godawful small affair…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ