Iconic. Infinitely changeable. Chameleon. Fiercely forward-looking. Influential.
All words used to describe singer/songerwriter/actor David Bowie. But now add another word. Intensely private.
Word came last night that Bowie had died after a secret 18-month battle with cancer:
“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 Duncan Jones, who directed the Bafta-winning film Moon, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Bowie’s wife of 23 years, supermodel Iman had tweeted several inspiring messages in the days before his death. The last said:
“The struggle is real, but so is God.”
The release of his last album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday last Friday, took on a whole new meaning with the announcement of his death. The video for one track, entitled Lazarus, features Bowie confined to a hospital bed with dirty gauze covering his eyes. The song opens with the lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in Heaven!”
Tony Visconti, the producer who worked with Bowie to complete this final album, released a statement saying it was deliberately created and timed as a “parting gift” for his fans.
Here is his gift. R.I.P. David.