David Bowie has left us. Planet Earth is blue
Pick your favorite act of the '80s and chances are pretty good David Bowie was the inspiration. Ask literally every musician from the UK that formed a band in the late '70s or early '80s and they will say Bowie was that first BIG concert that put the world in context. He is, and will always be, the godfather of the '80s.
And today he's gone. David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) died Sunday night at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. An announcement on his official Facebook page, of all places, spread the word:
"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."
Bowie’s son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on Twitter. "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."
Bowie’s final album - a seven song collection called Blackstar - was released on Friday, his 69th birthday. The album was intended as a "parting gift" to the world, according to his longtime friend Tony Visconti.
“He always did what he wanted to do,” Visconti wrote on Facebook. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
Find your favorite musician or celebrity online today and you’ll discover we all feel the same today.
“Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of David Bowie's passing,” Billy Idol wrote on Facebook. “He inspired us to go beyond the norm and reach out and dispel the void of life in 70's England with our own art forms.”
"A legend has left us," Martha Quinn tweeted. "I am shocked and saddened to say... Rest In Peace David Bowie."
"The last time I saw David Bowie was in Brooklyn, with some very very lucky people who got to hear Lou Reed play his dark glory, BERLIN, live," actor Val Kilmer wrote on Facebook. "He was sitting directly in front of me with Lou's wife, Laurie Anderson, who had recently visited my ranch in New Mexico with Lou. When we said hello he turned and I recognized him instantly. Instead of saying hello, I just started petting his shoulders. I can't describe it any more accurately. He was just so special it was the only way I seemed to be able to express my joy. He just smiled as I apologized for petting him. He seemed to not only understand, but accept the strange offering of gratitude and recognition."
"He fed us pure inspiration, beautifully strange and always unpredictable, yet somehow everything made perfect sense," Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran wrote. "No other musician was more influential for our generation."
Stay tuned for a special podcast tribute the Man Who Fell To the Earth.