The whole world was shaken today by the news that legendary musical icon David Bowie had passed away at the age of 69. The world lost a true innovator of music and fashion. His sense of theatricality and constant reinvention has been an inspiration to other artists throughout the decades.
Unbeknownst to many of us (myself included), Bowie had been struggling with cancer for some 18 months or so. He finally succumbed to the disease on Sunday, January 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday.
While artists such as Lady Gaga are part of the next generation to carry on his legacy of spectacular, over-the-top entertainment that plays with our most outlandish fantasies, I doubt anyone will ever be able to top what the man behind "Ziggy Stardust" did for his final goodbye.
"Lazarus," the last video that Bowie appeared in, was released on January 7, 2016 - just days before his passing. In light of recent events, the video and its lyrics take on an entirely new level of significance:
According to producer Tony Visconti, Bowie's entire last album, Blackstar, was a carefully orchestrated final farewell to his fans. Only a creative genius like David Bowie could manage to create a performance piece out of his own untimely demise. In the end, he died as he lived - a work of art.
Bowie's death was confirmed on social media by his son, Duncan Jones, with the following tweet:
Perhaps the image of Bowie being shared most often today is this GIF created by artist Helen Green, showing the many iconic personas Bowie embodied over the years. Coincidentally, it was first posted online exactly one year ago on January 11, 2015.