We woke up this morning to the shocking news of legend David Bowie’s death. According to Bowie’s publicist, he died last night, surrounded by family, having battled Cancer for the last decade. He was aged 69. The news of the actor, singer, and songwriter comes as a huge blow to thousands of fans across the globe, as David Bowie had kept his illness very private.
David Bowie was no ordinary icon. He continually reinvented himself, getting it right every time. David’s transformation into Ziggy Stardust was probably the most prevalent example of this – in which he oozed a dazzling androgyny through his outfits and persona that evoked awe and shock from the World, spurring him on to the acclaim of huge fame in America. In an interview several years ago David attributed his drive to the fact he had ADHD, as he would quickly become bored and move on to adopt a different persona – and in doing so he wowed the World.
Bowie’s song ‘Heroes’ certainly resonates loudly amongst the masses today. Ricky Gervais summarised how so many are feeling with his tweet, ‘Today the World lost a hero.’
David Bowie continued working right up until the end, and the latest album Black Star is certainly one of the best. We realise now, that Bowie was in fact writing about the process of dying. In The last song of the album, Lazarus, Bowie wrote,’ I’m up here in heaven, I’ve got a drama that can’t be stolen,’ will send chills through the listeners’ spine, and reminds us of the presence he commanded through his music.
He reached four generations and his creative genius will continue to inspire many generations to come. He was such an amazing icon, an extraordinary talent who continually created new identities. His bizarre and insanely extreme outfits provoked huge reactions, inspiring many future artists and fans to follow his exceptional trends.
He reached so many people through his perception and belief about life and art. He encouraged people to do what interests them, and to herald the things in which they believed.