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A Life of Legend: Rockstar and Fashion Icon David Bowie

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Digest: [BBC; NYTimes; LATimes]

Just days after the release of his newest album, Blackstar, legendary rockstar David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016. He reportedly lost an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was 69.

A brief statement posted on his Facebook page early Monday morning reads:

“January 10 2016 – 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.”

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An extraordinary life

David Robert Jones was born to a waitress and a nightclub owner in South London on January 8, 1947.  Hoping to distinguish himself from The Monkee’s Davy Jones, he changed his name to David Bowie in 1966. His musical career was stagnant until 1969 with the release of his first hit album, Space Oddity; the album’s title track blasted off and soared straight to the top of the charts in the UK.

Three years later, after experimenting with Mick Ronson and Tony Visconty in a band called “Hype,” Bowie reinvented himself and began a career-long

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