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Rock's Ultimate Chameleon Dies of Cancer

Rock's Ultimate Chameleon Dies of Cancer

Ziggy Stardust died on Sunday!

Someone I know once said "Everything was better in the 70s!".  One person, one era I believe to support that theory was David Bowie and his ever-changing persona.  He, indeed, was pivotal to the making of the 1970s.  In fact some said Bowie had left the planet without the aid or need of a space ship.

Like many I grew up with Bowie and followed the rollercoaster of musical genres in which he experimented.  He was the master chameleon long before the likes of Madonna, Pink and Katy Perry.  The art of reinvention was a Bowie cornerstone of a half-century career.

The cancer Bowie had been suffering had largely been kept private.  The 69-year-old — known for hits such as Changes, Ashes To Ashes and Starman — left a legacy created by pioneering musicianship and ground-breaking lyrics.

Bowie's representative said he had passed peacefully "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."

Celebrities from around the world have been posting their condolences and fond memories.  Australian actor Russell Crowe, referencing one of Bowie's better known singles which featured on covers album Pin Ups 1973, wrote: "RIP David. I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow".

The British Prime Minister paid tribute.  According to David Cameron, he grew up listening to and watching the "pop genius".  "He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right," he added. "A huge loss."

Astronaut Tim Peake tweeted about David Bowie's death from outer space.  "Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer," he wrote.  "His music was an inspiration to many."

Bowie released a new album, Blackstar, only last week.  It is his 25th studio album, was released on his birthday only two days before his death.  The list of artists who hit a creative peak immediately before their deaths just increased: Mozart, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash and now David Bowie.

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