David Bowie dies of liver cancer: David Bowie memorial concert planned for Carnegie Hall
Worldâ€™s topmost rock star David Bowie is no more. He was 69 and was fighting cancer for the last 18 months.
David Bowie was an icon many thought would never die, but alas his death came rather very early. For the last more than five decades he was among the topmost rock and roll stars whose chart-topping career must be among the longest.
Despite being among the most recognized rock and roll star, the success didnâ€™t come without struggle for David Bowie. Born in South London, Bowie seemed to have an innate interest in music. Nonetheless despite all his efforts the success eluded him in his early stage. He tried his best but in the 1960s nothing seemed to be working for him.
Nonetheless things started changing later and David Bowie tested his first major success towards the end of the sixties and early seventies. Bowie’s first hit song, “Space Oddity”, reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. He tried to change track and came out with the hit single “Starman” and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. His impact on the industry was so strong that in the words of an expert it actually “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”.
His representative Steve Martin in a statement released to the media said that the singer was surrounded by his family when he died Sunday after an 18-month battle against cancer. â€œWhile many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of griefâ€, the statement said. He died of liver cancer.
Later the news was also confirmed by his son and filmmaker Duncan Jones who said he is devastated by the loss and that his cell phone will remain switched off for quite sometime.
The news of his demise seems to have saddened the whole music world. Bowie was born David Jones. There is no denying the fact that he had a striking androgynous look in his early days and was known for changing his looks and sounds. He had some of his biggest successes in the early 1980s with the stylistic “Let’s Dance,” and a massive American tour. Another one of his definitive songs was “Under Pressure,” which he recorded with Queen; Vanilla Ice would years later infamously use the song’s hook for his much maligned smash “Ice Ice Baby.” In the meantime in a Twitter message his son Jones said, â€œVery sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to allâ€.