By now, you’ve probably heard the tragic news — the iconic singer/songwriter/megastar/actor David Bowie has passed away.
Here’s the post from his official Facebook page, which also Tweeted about his passing:
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.
Here is a link to the post: https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/posts/10153176666977665
Bowie’s latest single and video, Lazarus, was just released last week:
The video features Bowie as a sick man, trying to get better, while hospitalized. It’s admittedly unsettling to watch it now, but we assume that Bowie made it when he knew he was losing his battle with cancer, so he obviously wanted people to continue watching it after his passing. We’re not watching it again right now though. The news of Bowie’s death is hitting us hard and we just can’t bring ourselves to do it.
If you are going to watch the “Lazarus” video, you should probably start by watching the video for “Blackstar” first, as “Lazarus” seems to be a continuation of “Blackstar”:
A few Bowie facts…
In 1975 Bowie scored his first #1 single in the US with “Fame.” The song was co-written with John Lennon and appears on the album Young American.
In 1983, Bowie earned his second #1 with “Let’s Dance.”
In 1996, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2006, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
A major book in the history of music has now been finished, but we’ll be reading it for a long, long time.