David Bowie RIP
Legendary rock star and icon David Bowie passed away peacefully in his sleep on 11th January surrounded by his immediate family. He had been fighting a losing battle with cancer for the last 18 months. His son Duncan Jones tweeted: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
David Bowie (David Jones) was born in London on January 8, 1947 and in a glittering career spanning almost half a century released 26 studio albums including 10 LPs at a stretch in the 1970s leading to his induction in the Hall of Fame in 1996. His first hit was Space Oddity in 1969 followed by a wave of hits in the 1970s. Memorable albums include The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Spiders from Mars, Diamond Dogs, Let’s Dance and Low and Hunky Dory.
There was outpouring of grief in Brixton, a working class South London suburb where he was born. Hundreds of mourners paid tribute in front of a mural of Bowie painted by well known Australian graffiti artist James Cochran a few years ago. Some laid flowers, a few left behind the notes from a local currency called the Brixton pound that has the rock star’s picture on it. This is accepted in a few local shops as a tribute to Brixton’s famous “local lad”.
Offstage, David Bowie had a tumultuous life. In 1970, he declared himself to be bisexual, a mental state that during those times was firmly locked in secret closets. He was also into drugs at certain times in his career in the 1970s that included trysts with heroin and cocaine. He slowed down considerably after a heart surgery in 2004 but released a new album Blackstar on his 69th birthday just a couple of days before his death.
His family is secretive about his final resting place. It is reliably learnt that he was cremated in New York last week and as per his wishes and following in the footsteps of his friend Freddie Mercury the ashes would be scattered in secret. This is to discourage building of any monument in his memory.
David Bowie the legend – RIP