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Tears for Ziggy: Devastated David Bowie Fans Mourn Shock Death of Music Icon as it's Claimed he Suffered Six Heart Attacks Before Losing Secret Battle with Cancer

  • Tributes have been paid to David Bowie who has died aged 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months
  • Bowie recorded final album while fighting disease and last week released a video showing himself in a hospital bed
  • Producer Tony Visconti said the singer had known for a year that he was dying and the album is a 'parting gift'
  • Bowie, who had not gone on tour since 2004, suffered six heart attacks in years before his death, biographer says
  • Star's son Duncan says he is 'very sorry and sad' while celebrities, politicians and other public figures have expressed their grief and impromptu memorial shrines have been set up around the world
Daily Mail UK, 11 January 2016




Iconic: This photograph of Bowie in character for the album Aladdin Sane is one of the most recognisable images of the 1970s




Light: Fans left dozens of candles around the star which is dedicated to Bowie on the Hollywood Walk of Fame





Thousands of David Bowie fans paid emotional tribute to the star today after his death aged 69, setting up impromptu shrines all across the world in memory of the iconic singer. Bowie, whose new album came out just last week, passed away from cancer in New York yesterday surrounded by his family, it was announced this morning.

Following an outpouring of grief from celebrities, public figures and music fans, several significant sites were transformed into memorials for the rocker, who had secretly battled illness for 18 months.

Many fans were in tears at the mural of Bowie's face in Brixton, South London, where the star grew up (pictured left, center and bottom right), while Dutch music lovers gathered at a museum in Groningen where an exhibition on the singer is currently on display (pictured top right).


His childhood home in South London, his apartment building in New York City, a Dutch museum hosting a Bowie exhibition and the spot where the Ziggy Stardust album cover was captured were among the areas to host vigils in remembrance of Bowie.

Several fans burst into tears while laying flowers at a mural dedicated to the star in Brixton, where he was born, with many saying his death felt like losing someone who was close to them.





Tears: Rosie Lowery, 21, cried as she paid tribute to David Bowie at a mural in Brixton, South London today





Sad: Two fans were overcome with emotion as the site in Brixton near to where Bowie was born





Embrace: Mourners at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, where an exhibition on Bowie's life and work is currently on display





US Home: Flowers were also placed at the entrance to Bowie's apartment building in New York


Bowie's death came just three days after the release of a music video which featured chilling footage of the singer confined to a hospital bed with his eyes covered by a bandage.

His longtime producer Tony Visconti suggested that Bowie knew for a year that his cancer was incurable, and added that his final album Blackstar -recorded in early 2015, after the singer's diagnosis - was 'a parting gift' to the world.

A week ago Bowie sent Brian Eno, another frequent collaborator, a farewell email saying: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian, they will never rot.'

Wendy Leigh, who published a biography of the star in 2014, told BBC News today: 'He had six heart attacks in recent years - I got this from somebody very close to him.'

Following Bowie's death a flood of celebrities and other public figures such as politicians and even the Archbishop of Canterbury rushed to pay tribute to the impact he had on the cultural landscape of his era.

A spokesman for the singer said this morning: 'David Bowie died 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.'





Last picture: Bowie attended the premiere of the musical Lazarus, based on his songs, in New York on December 7














Homegrown: A cinema in Brixton, London UK, called Bowie 'our Brixton boy' after his death





Pause for thought: A cyclist stops outside the home where Bowie grew up in Brixton in the 1950s


At the vigil in Brixton, Rosie Lowery, 21, who painted her face with a lightning bolt in tribute, was crying as she laid flowers in Bowie's memory.

'I woke up this morning to my dad ringing me and he told me the news,' she said 'I was so sad. I felt like I'd lost someone I knew - even though I hadn't even seen him live.'

Asked about her make-up, Miss Lowery said: Even just coming here on the tube, people would have seen it and remembered him - so it's to help people remember, but also as a mark of respect.'

Argentinian Niko Wussy, 26, added: 'He was himself his whole life. He didn't change for anyone but himself. I can still feel his energy, his aura here. Especially today.'

Among the many notes left at the site was one message quoting Bowie's hit Space Oddity, with the poignant lyrics: 'The stars look very different today'.





Emotion: One fan's note read 'The stars look very different today', a line from the song Space Oddity





Touching: Fans in Manhattan showed their dedication by leaving flowers outside the building where he lived





Dedicated: Emma Birch with her son Bowie at the Three Tuns pub in Bromley, South-East London, where the star used to perform





Famous: The street in London where the Ziggy Stardust album cover photograph was taken became another focus of mourning





Beloved: The building in Berlin where Bowie once lived was also besieged by fans today





Gathering: Fans photographing the display outside Bowie's Berlin flat after a day of tributes





Graffiti: Belgian artist Lucien Gilson drew this portrait of Bowie in a shopping mall in Brussels



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'THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, BUT SO IS GOD': BOWIE'S WIFE IMAN REFLECTS ON HER HUSBAND'S ILLNESS





David Bowie's wife Iman posted a moving message on social media on the day of her husband's death.
The 60-year-old supermodel shared an image on Twitter saying, 'The struggle is real, but so is God,' along with the caption 'Rise'.


Other cryptic tweets posted by Iman, pictured, over the weekend included the message: 'Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.'

The Somali-born model was married to Bowie for nearly 24 years, and the couple had one daughter, 15-year-old Alexandria Zahra, known as Lexi.

Before his marriage to Iman, Bowie was married to Angie Barnett from 1970 to 1980, with their son Duncan, originally known as Zowie Bowie, born in 1971.
Duncan Jones is now a successful film director whose works include 2009's Moon and Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, from 2011.

Brendan McGowan, 53, a lifelong fan of the singer, said:

'I was absolutely stunned. The guy just brings out a new album, which will obviously go to number one now, and you're thinking - great - there's more music in him.
'You just don't imagine a guy with that much energy and creativity and commitment to music is going to die.

'The truth is, he's had this cancer for eighteen months, so he recorded this album while he knew he was dying.
'People will start listening to that album and looking at it in a completely different way.'

Pete Rogers, 47, added: 'He gave oxygen to outsiders. He was so "other". It's just something you can't put your finger on, just different, more than anyone else I've ever known.
'It's amazing how prolific he has been. I think he had a sense of his mortality. There's always something about death in his music.'

Blackstar was recorded while Bowie was gravely ill and was released last Friday, the singer's 69th birthday, although he had rarely performed or appeared in public in recent years.


He was seen by fans for the last time on December 7, attending the premiere in New York of a musical based on his songs, called Lazarus.


Bowie's son Duncan Jones, who is also known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the news of his death, writing on Twitter:
'Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.'





Sadness: Bowie's son Duncan Jones confirmed the news and posted a touching photograph of himself with his father



Mr Visconti wrote on Facebook:
'He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be.

'I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.'

Mr Eno, who produced several Bowie albums, said: 'David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

'I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did.

'It ended with this sentence: "Thank you for our good times, Brian, they will never rot." And it was signed "Dawn". I realise now he was saying goodbye.'

It is not known what type of cancer Bowie was suffering from, although figures from the music world suggested that 'rumours about him not being well' had been floating around for some time.

In the later parts of his life the singer lived primarily in New York with his wife Iman and their 15-year-old daughter Alexandria.

Bowie's first wife Angie, who is currently appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, was today told of her ex-husband's death and decided to continue her stint on the Channel 5 reality show.

A spokesman for Celebrity Big Brother said:

'Following the very sad news of David Bowie's death, we can now confirm that Angie Bowie has been informed off camera by her representatives. She has taken the decision to continue in the programme.'

The former couple's son Duncan, 44, is a film director based in Los Angeles. His wife Rodene Ronquillo underwent her own cancer battle three years ago when she had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Singer-songwriter Midge Ure said he had heard 'rumours' about Bowie's illness but was still shocked by the news of the rock legend's death.

'I think people within the industry had heard rumours about cancer, we’d heard rumours about him not being well,' he told ITV's Good Morning Britain.
'We all knew something was amiss but this is more than just turning on your phone in the morning or turning on the television and finding out that another celebrity has passed on.

'I’m standing here, my hands are shaking, I feel as though I’ve lost something, I’ve lost something incredibly important today.'

A host of stars paid tribute to the British singer, led by Madonna who wrote: 'I'm devastated! This great artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! Talented. Unique. Genius. Game changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your spirit lives on forever!'

Iggy Pop, a close friend of Bowie who frequently collaborated with him, said this morning: 'David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.'

Sir Paul McCartney added: 'Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together.
'I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.'








Transformation: Bowie went from a clean-cut young musician in the 1960s, left, to a glam rock icon during the 1970s, right





Couple: Bowie with his wife Iman, whom he married in 1992 and with whom he had a daughter





Icon: Bowie was known for his dramatic costumes and frequent transformations; he is pictured with Twiggy in 1973








Versatile: Bowie pictured top in the music video for 1980's Ashes to Ashes, and performing in 1990


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LAST ALBUM SET TO SOAR TO NO. 1


Vinyl copies of David Bowie's final album are selling for up to £150 on eBay.
CDs of the album Blackstar are also selling for five times their value on the site.

The album, which is on the 'new and trending' list on HMV, has sold out on its online shop, while there are only a few copies left on Amazon.

The Best of Bowie double CD, which was released in 2002, is also out of stock on Amazon and the online shop at WHSmith.

Blackstar was on course to reach number one in the album charts even before the news of Bowie's death, and has so far sold more than twice as many copies as its nearest competitor.

The Official Charts Company suggested that many of his hits were likely to enter the singles chart too as fans rush to rediscover his back catalogue.

Bowie first entered the charts in July 1969 with his track Space Oddity, and scored 25 top 10 singles and 29 top 10 albums across his career.

Kanye West wrote: 'David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.'

Mark Ruffalo described him as 'father of all us freaks'.

Singer and producer Pharrell Williams called Bowie 'a true innovator, a true creative', and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt quoted from his song Eight Line Poem writing: 'But the key to the city is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky...'

David Beckham called Bowie 'a creative genius and influence over us all', adding: 'Rest In Peace STARMAN'.


Tim Peake, the British astronaut whose nickname 'Major Tim' derives from the song Space Oddity, said: 'Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer - his music was an inspiration to many.'


Ricky Gervais tweeted, 'I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie,' while Eddie Izzard wrote: 'Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today - I think the world owes him that.'

Billy Idol was one of many people to suggest that Bowie's death was a moment of unusually powerful grief, writing on Twitter: 'Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of David Bowie's passing.'

Cricketer Shane Warne added: 'We can be "Heroes".. You were one of mine. Bowie tunes will be played loud in the Warne house tonight.'

As well as celebrating his musical career, some chose to focus on his image as a perennial rebel who refused to fit in with society's expectations

-Arsenal football manager Arsene Wenger said: 'The message he gave to my generation was important - be strong enough to be yourself.'

A large number of British politicians also joined the tributes, including David Cameron who said:

'I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC: 'As soon as I heard of his death, very, very sad, Life On Mars comes flowing back into my mind. Wonderful song, wonderful guy.'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson described Bowie as a 'genius', saying: 'Terrible news to hear Brixton-born David Bowie has died. No one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius.'

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, added: 'What dreadful news about David Bowie. A hero for so much more than just one day.'

And Tony Blair said: 'I am so sorry to hear the news of David Bowie’s death. I was a huge fan. From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student, I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being.'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter: 'I'll never forget hearing Under Pressure for the first time - David Bowie was a fearless original with the power to charm. We'll miss him.'

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme he became a Bowie fan during the singer's early rise to prominence.
'I'm very, very saddened to hear of his death,' he said. 'I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the '70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had. Extraordinary person.'

One of the more unusual tributes to Bowie's career came from Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican City's culture chief, who quoted lines from Space Oddity which include the phrase 'may God's love be with you'.





Release: David Bowie in the music video for his recent single Lazarus, recorded while he was suffering from cancer and seen by the public for the first time on Thursday





Haunting: Bowie's final music video, Lazarus, shows him in a hospital bed with his eyes covered by a bandage in an apparent premonition of his death





Footage: The video features Bowie writhing around while singing 'Look up here, I’m in heaven'


The video for the song Lazarus, released last Thursday, has been seen as a premonition of his untimely death - it begins with the singer stepping out of a closet into the confines of a dark hospital where he becomes trapped in a feverish nightmare.

The footage continues with him lying in a hospital bed, his frail body wrapped in a blanket and his eyes, which are depicted by buttons, covered by a bandage.

The opening line reads: 'Look up here, I'm in heaven. I've got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen. Everybody knows me now.' It ends with the words: 'This way or no way, you know, I'll be free.'



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'LOOK UP HERE, I'M IN HEAVEN': POIGNANT LYRICS OF BOWIE'S FINAL SONG LAZARUS

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now
Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me
Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me

The video was made by Johan Renck, a Swedish director behind Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. He also worked with Bowie on the video for Blackstar, the album’s title track.

Among those who pointed to the lyrics of Lazarus as a premonition of Bowie's death were J.K. Rowling, who shared the words along with the message: 'I wish he could have stayed on earth longer.'

Thousands of fans expressed their grief at the star's unexpected death, sharing his song lyrics online and reminiscing about memories of him - one enthusiast wrote: 'Didn't occur to me that David Bowie could die.'

Despite his relatively low profile over the past few years, Bowie gave no hint that he was gravely ill before the announcement of his death today.

Bowie, who was born David Jones in Brixton, South London and brought up in the suburb of Bromley, began his career as a novelty musician before finding fame in 1969 with the hit Space Oddity.

During the 1970s, Bowie was regarded as one of the most radical and ground-breaking musicians in the world, ushering in the glam rock era with his Ziggy Stardust persona.

He continued to mix experimental concepts with traditional pop songs in albums such as Heroes, Low and Diamond Dogs, as well as acting in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Last Temptation of Christ.

In recent years Bowie's career revived once again despite his keeping a relatively low public profile - three years ago The Next Day was a best-seller, while new album Blackstar - tipped to go straight to number one this week - has received positive reviews.

At the height of his fame in 1970 he declared that he was bisexual, instantly propelling him to the status of gay icon.





Memories: The band Pixies shared a photograph of Bowie with other musicians including The Cure's Robert Smith and Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins


Bowie's cultural impact became apparent when the Victoria and Albert Museum in London dedicated a blockbuster exhibition to his life, work and style in 2013.

He also made financial history in 1997 when he sold off the rights to some of his future earnings by packaging them up in 'Bowie Bonds', issuing $55million of the securities.


Although he generally stayed away from political controversy, Bowie made a high-profile intervention in the Scottish independence debate ahead of the 2014 referendum when he sent friend Kate Moss to collect a Brit Award on his behalf with a speech which concluded: 'Scotland, stay with us.'

However, despite his towering fame he remained willing to poke fun at himself - he made cameo appearances in comedies such as Zoolander, where he adjudicated a runway competition, and TV's Extras, where he performed a song mocking Ricky Gervais' character.


The Pioneering King of Glam Rock With a Life Full of Stardust: David Bowie Became One of The World's Biggest Recording Artists With a Stellar Career That Spanned Six Decades

By SIMON TOMLINSON





King of glam rock: David Bowie enjoyed a glittering career spanning six decades


One of Britain's most successful, pioneering and sexually liberated musicians, David Bowie enjoyed a glittering career spanning six decades that saw him become one of the biggest recording artists of all time.

Born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947, in Brixton, south London, to mother Margaret 'Peggy', a waitress, and charity worker Haywood 'John' Jones, Bowie's musical talent was clear from an early age and he had his first taste for rock music through the record collection of his older brother, Terry.

The family moved to south east London, where he graduated from Bromley Technical High School at 16.

He formed a number of bands and led a group calling himself Davy Jones, later changing his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Davy Jones from the Monkees.

The name was said to be inspired by a knife developed by the 19th century American pioneer Jim Bowie.

He decided to set out on his own as a solo artist, releasing three singles for Pye Records and his debut album, The World Of David Bowie.

But the records did not achieve the huge success he would go on to experience and he retreated to a Buddhist monastery in Scotland in 1967


After returning to London he started arts troupe Feathers in 1968.
As the group eventually separated, he helped create the Beckenham Arts Lab in 1969 before releasing the hit Space Oddity on July 11 that year, his first UK number one.

A string of albums followed before 1972's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars made him an international star.
The album, which tells the story of an alien rockstar, saw Bowie indulge his eye for the theatrical with a string of live shows and television appearances that saw him conquer America and create an otherworldly reputation that still clings to him.

At the same time, he was producing albums for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and writing one of his greatest songs - All The Young Dudes - which he promptly gave away to Mott The Hoople who had a massive hit with it.

Bowie's announcement - during a London gig - that he was retiring Ziggy did not stop the commercial success and the hits kept coming as he toured and recorded albums including Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs and his tribute to the swinging London scene that inspired him - Pin Ups.

His soul-inspired Young Americans saw him change direction again and gave him his first US number one when his collaboration with John Lennon on Fame topped the charts in 1975.


Bowie played on his alien alter-ego with a successful move into acting - playing the lead character in the science fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth, before moving to Berlin.

The influence of the then divided city inspired a trio of albums - Low, Heroes and Lodger - which produced hits including Sound And Vision and Boys Keep Swinging and are widely regarded as among his finest work.

The 1980s saw him combine his rock career with appearances in films including Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Absolute Beginners.





As a Seventies superstar, he trumpeted to the press that he was gay at a time when even Elton John was still in the closet, then amended it to bisexual. Many have enjoyed speculating – as his first wife Angie once did – that David and Mick Jagger (above) were lovers


The rise of the New Romantic scene in the UK betrayed an obvious Bowie influence and he continued to record and tour filling massive US stadiums and selling albums by the million.

1988 brought a new venture - and what many fans thought was a new low - when he returned as one quarter of rock band Tin Machine.
Their initial success soon faded and by 1993 Bowie was back on his own with the solo album Black Tie White Noise.

He had married supermodel Iman a year earlier and settled in New York but continued to tour and record until 2003 when he released Reality.
It was his 23rd - and many assumed last - studio album and was followed by some low-key live appearances, an acting role in the 2006 film The Prestige, but no new music until last year when he returned with the widely acclaimed The Next Day.
The album won praise and earned him a place on the Mercury Prize shortlist, although he missed out to James Blake.

David Bowie was a grand old man of rock – respected, all-powerful and both elusive and reclusive.
It was a career founded not just on a spectacular musical talent and a fearless style, but also on a casual yet highly ambitious attitude to sexual adventuring.

From a young age, Bowie glided relentlessly from one carnal experience to the next.
As a Seventies superstar, he trumpeted to the press that he was gay at a time when even Elton John was still in the closet, then amended it to bisexual, in the process smashing through the accepted barrier of what was considered 'normal' sexuality.

A small sample of Bowie's lovers in his voracious sexual odyssey might include male managers and record executives, as well as models, singers and groupies.

He squired Playboy model Bebe Buell, singer Nina Simone, Charlie Chaplin's widow Oona (22 years his senior) and transsexual Romy Haag, and though Bowie has explicitly denied it, many have enjoyed speculating – as his first wife Angie once did – that David and Mick Jagger were lovers.

Other conquests, never denied, included Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Lulu, Roxy music cover model Amander Lear and Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes.

As he put it in a 1997 BBC radio interview: 'I was hitting on everybody. I had a wonderfully irresponsible, promiscuous time.'

Even from the age of 13, raised in south London by a chilly mother and a doting, PR-man father, the young David Jones was engaging, handsome and charming, and girls flocked to him like homing pigeons.
He manifested a vein of ruthlessness whenever a girl took his fancy, riding roughshod over any competition.

The punch that permanently damaged the pupil in his left eye at the age of 14 – giving the sense that his eyes are different colours – was over a girl he had attempted to steal from his classmate and best friend George Underwood.

Within a few years, Bowie's career and his sexuality were already becoming intertwined.

When early manager Ralph Horton invited rock manager Simon Napier-Bell to take a 50-50 deal to become co-manager of Davie Jones and The Lower Third, the band's handsome, blond 17-year-old singer was a key part of the package.

Today, Napier-Bell still remembers every detail of what happened when he arrived at Horton's London flat, where he found Davie sitting 'demurely in a corner'.

Without introducing them, Horton took Napier-Bell aside and put forward the following proposition: 'He said that if I were to agree to come in on the management, he would allow me to have sex with his young protégé,' says Napier-Bell.

'I had no idea whether the protégé was in on the proposition or not.'

As the subject was in the room at the time, it seems likely he had agreed to the deal.
Napier-Bell, who would eventually go on to manage Wham!, declined.





Bowie with his wife Angie Bowie with son Zowie Bowie now Duncan Jones in February 1974 in Amsterdam



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LANDMARK ALBUMS IN DAVID BOWIE'S CAREER


David Bowie (1967)

Bowie's first solo album was released shortly after his novelty single The Laughing Gnome and failed to ignite the imagination of the record-buying public.

Space Oddity (1969)

Despite the hit single, the record was not a commercial success on its first release.

Hunky Dory (1971)

Now considered one of the great albums of the 1970s, Hunky Dory was not a huge commercial success at the time. It features classic tracks including Life On Mars and Changes. It became a much bigger success when it was re-released following the rise of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust incarnation.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

Bowie's concept album about an alien rock star is still considered his seminal work and, together with the Ziggy Stardust alter-ego he created, the album catapulted him into the stratosphere of rock and pop stardom.

The Berlin Trilogy

The albums Low (1977), Heroes (1977) and Lodger (1979) were made when Bowie moved from the United States to Berlin and marked another sharp change for the singer.

Let's Dance (1983)

One of Bowie's most commercially successful albums and seen as his most mainstream creation.

Tin Machine (1989)

Bowie created a traditional four-piece rock band in an effort to rejuvenate his career and return to a more straightforward style.

The Next Day (2013)

Bowie surprised the world with this release on his 66th birthday - a decade after his last album. It received widespread critical acclaim.

Blackstar (2016)

Released only two days before his death on his 69th birthday.
The album was already well received by critics and is now being scoured for references to his illness.

After Ralph Horton, the ambitious young Bowie would move on to another manager, Ken Pitt, who was patently in love with him.

Despite his awareness that the singer swung both ways, Pitt clearly adored the fact that once Bowie moved into his flat, he habitually walked around stark naked.

Moreover, Bowie was free and open with his charm and his ability to seduce, whether the target was female or male.

He studied mime with former stripper Lindsay Kemp, and shared his bed as well, while also embarking on a simultaneous affair with Kemp's costume and set designer, Natasha Kornilof.
When the two discovered that Bowie was two-timing them both with each other, Kornilof took an overdose of aspirin and Kemp cut his wrists.

Bowie met his first wife, Angie, in 1969, the year of his number one hit single Space Oddity. Years later, David would tell the press that they were 'both f***ing the same bloke'.

And so they were. That man was 33-year-old Chinese-American A&R man Calvin Mark Lee, a flamboyant, flirty character from San Francisco who wore a glittering red jewel on his forehead.

By now, Bowie was an emotional tightrope walker, living out a duplicitous existence.

Introduced to Bowie by Calvin, Angie flung herself into an open relationship with abandon.
In her, Bowie had found a loyal champion who would be by his side until she was no longer useful to him.





Bowie played on his alien alter-ego Ziggy Stardust with a successful move into acting - playing the lead character in the science fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth (above)


Discarding those who had outlived their usefulness to him was one of his less palatable traits.

On his first American tour in the spring of 1971, promoting The Man Who Sold The World, Bowie quickly realised that his Little Lord Fauntleroy charm and pristine manners would smooth the path for him, and he didn't hesitate to use them to his advantage with countless groupies, male and female.





The 1980s saw him combine his rock career with appearances in films including Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Absolute Beginners


One of them, Queenie, later said of him, 'David is the sexiest one around. Like, you'll walk into a room and he'll stare right into your eyes. And he'll go, 'Hello,' and you're at his mercy.'

In London, after a gig to which Bowie had invited singer Lulu, he took her to bed.

'Some people have beautiful hands or beautiful necks, but I discovered that night that David had beautiful thighs – the best I'd ever seen, I had my own private viewing – up close and personal,' she revealed in her autobiography.

With his Ziggy Stardust character, and his declaration of his gay sexuality to the Melody Maker, Bowie became a household name, and he and Angie – now joined by baby son Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones – found themselves besieged by crazed fans and groupies at Haddon Hall.
So they rented a house on Oakley Street, just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, where they set about creating a sexual cocoon for themselves.

Angie presided over her own personal Sodom and Gomorrah, the focal point of which was 'The Pit', a fur-covered bed in the sitting room, where, in front of a series of audiences, who generally ended up participating themselves, all permutations of sexuality were explored.

'Angie and David used to have the most amazing orgies at Oakley Street,' says model and socialite Vicki Hodge, girlfriend of London gangster John Bindon, one of the regular stars of the Oakley Street excesses.

'Mick Jagger used to come there and be involved. John told me that David watched while he had sex with Angie.'

Bowie's former assistant, Tony Zanetta, believes 'sex wasn't any big deal for him and Angie – it was like shaking hands at the end of the evening. To him, it was about being adored'.
Subsequently, Bowie would suggest the two of them go to bed with Angie.

'David was a real seducer,' says Zanetta.
'He made you feel that you were the only person who exists, the centre of his universe.
'Then he had you in his pocket, so to speak, but after that, he would move on to the next.'

When his management company's publicist confided to an LA radio host that Bowie routinely made love to everyone who worked for him at least once, she was deluged with job applications.

As his relationship with Angie faltered – and desperate to shake a fierce cocaine addiction – Bowie relocated to Berlin in 1976.
There, he would lay the foundations for his legendary Berlin Trilogy of albums – 1977's Low and Heroes, and 1979's Lodger.

He would also resolve to be a better father to his son, though, in the company of his friend, singer Iggy Pop, it would be some time before he entirely cleaned up his act.

During the Eighties, Bowie's focus shifted from music to acting. While making the 1983 vampire film The Hunger, he embarked on a relationship with his co-star, Susan Sarandon. Sensual, sexy and unconventional, Sarandon was, in many ways, a perfect woman for Bowie.

He called her 'pure dynamite', and after filming ended they carried on a three-year affair.

He would also dally with English aristocrat Sabrina Guinness, but for much of the decade, the love in his life was dancer Melissa Hurley, 20 years his junior.
They were engaged, but split in 1990, and that October, at a friend's party in Los Angeles, Bowie met Iman.

David Bowie's haunting lyrics to his last song Lazarus appear to be a farewell from a man who knew he was dying
David Bowie used the haunting lyrics of his swansong album to say goodbye to his fans following a secret 18-month battle with cancer.

The singer, who died yesterday, penned seven tracks for his latest album Blackstar which were full of cryptic lyrics that hinted at the terminal nature of his condition.

Perhaps the most moving track on the record is Lazarus, which became posthumously poignant today as he told fans: 'Look up here, I'm in heaven.'

Just three days before he died, the avant-garde artist had released the video for the song, which showed the singer trapped in a hospital bed, his frail body shaking beneath the covers and his eyes covered in bandages.

Today, Bowie's producer suggested the artist knew for a year that his cancer was incurable, describing Blackstar as his 'parting gift'. He added that Bowie had made his death - as he did his life - 'a work of art'.








As he writhes around in a tortured fashion (left and right), levitating above the mattress, a hand reaches out from under the bed.


The album, which was released just two days before he died, was Bowie's 25th album but the only one that has not featured his photo on the cover. Instead, it features a lone black star.

It has now charged into the top spot and could become Bowie's 10th chart-topping album, if it stays at number one until the charts are announced on Friday.

Paying tribute to the musician, Tony Visconti - who produced the star's music dating back to the 1960s - said: 'He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.
'His death was no different from his life - a work of Art.
'He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it.'

He added: 'He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.'

The video for Lazarus - named after a biblical character who was raised from the dead four days after he died by Jesus - was released on Thursday and is full of haunting images alluding to death.
The bleak video begins with the singer - a blind man whose eyes are depicted as buttons - stepping out of a closet into a dark hospital where he becomes trapped in a feverish nightmare.





The singer is then seen dancing in his room before manically poring over his journal, at a desk in the ward


The haunting footage continues with him confined to a hospital bed, shrouded in darkness, as he vulnerably clutches onto his bed sheets and writhes around in a tortured fashion.

As Bowie levitates above the mattress, a hand then reaches out from under the bed - perhaps a symbol of being lifted towards heaven.

Another Bowie then appears - a stronger, freer version of the singer - and he starts dancing in the room.
He then retreats to a desk, where he manically pores over a notebook. As he continues to write frantically, a skull can be seen sitting on the desk - perhaps a sign of his impending death.

The song then reaches its climax and Bowie walks back to the wardrobe and shut the door behind him, seemingly bidding farewell for the final time.

The song was released on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC 6 Music on December 17.
The opening line reads: 'Look up here, I'm in heaven.'


He then makes a veiled reference to his musical legacy transcending his death, singing: 'I've got scars that can't be seen. I've got drama, can't be stolen. Everybody knows me now.'

As the song ends, Bowie sings: 'This way or no way, you know, I'll be free. Just like that bluebird, Oh I'll be free.'

The track is a pseudo sequel to the 1976 film he starred in, The Man Who Fell To Earth, and is also the title track of the artist's off-Broadway musical Lazarus.
The video was made by Johan Renck, a Swedish director behind Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. He also worked with Bowie on the video for Blackstar, the album's title track.
In Blackstar, Bowie once again features as the blind man but the ten-minute video opens with an eerie scene, in which a spaceman in a space suit is found lying lifelessly on the ground.

Several observers have suggested the spaceman could be a throwback to Bowie's intergalactic back catalogue or a direct reference to Major Tom, who has featured heavily in Bowie's music.

A young woman then walks up to him and lifts his helmet, revealing a skull laden with jewels, perhaps a symbol for death. There appear to be several further references to death throughout the film, including scenes showing crucifixes and burials.

The lyrics also allude to death, as he sings: 'Something happened on the day he dies. Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside.'

In a statement released last week, Mr Renck said:

'One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound.
'I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I've basically touched the sun.





The video begins with the singer stepping out of a closet into a dark hospital. He returns to the closet at the end


Asked about symbolism in November, Mr Renck told Vice magazine: 'Most things like this are for the eyes of the beholder, you know? You make of it whatever you want.
'What I can say, on one side of things there is no deliberate, underlying, firm quest to have any references to past times.'

The rest of the album - which features just seven tracks - is also now seen as a reference to Bowie's own mortality.

The outro of the penultimate song of the album Dollar Days repeats: 'I'm dying to. I'm trying to,' as the music fades.


On the final track I Can't Give Everything Away, Bowie sings: 'I know something is very wrong, The pulse returns the prodigal sons, The blackout hearts, the flowered news, With skull designs upon my shoes.'

Following news of his death, the Official Charts Company said the album was almost guaranteed to be in the number one spot at the end of the week.
It currently has combined sales of more than 43,000, which puts Bowie 25,000 ahead of his closest competitor, Elvis Presley.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: 'Today is an awful day for all lovers of music.
'And the fact that David Bowie's new album Blackstar was on course for number one this week, even before today's terrible news, says everything about his continuing relevance - over 40 years since his first hit records.

'We are expecting a huge surge for a wide range of Bowie albums in this week's Official Albums Chart. Bowie made so many great albums, constantly reinventing himself, that everyone has their own favourites and fans are clearly reminding themselves of his massive contribution to popular music by buying these great, iconic works.'

Bowie first entered the charts in July 1969 with his track Space Oddity, and scored 25 top 10 singles and 29 top 10 albums across his career.
Several of his songs are expected to re-enter the singles chart this week as fans pay tribute to the singer.


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Inside David Bowie's 'Tranquil' Caribbean Retreat: Stunning Mansion Built for Him as a Private Getaway Goes on Sale for £14million (US$21million)

  • These photographs offer a glimpse inside the tropical holiday retreat David Bowie had built on a Caribbean island
  • He once described the £14million five-bedroom mansion as a 'tranquil place' so relaxing he found it difficult to work
  • Bowie later sold the peaceful hillside retreat on Mustique to British publisher and poet Felix Dennis for £3.5million
  • Dennis passed away in 2014 and the private island villa is now thought to have been purchased by a mystery buyer
Daily Mail UK, 12 January 2016


Blissfully tranquil and idyllic, these photographs offer a rare glimpse inside the tropical holiday retreat he had built on a star-studded private Caribbean island shortly before he married his supermodel wife Iman.

It may be nearly 30 years old but the £14million ($21million) five-bedroom mansion still retains the same glamour, extravagance and lavishly colourful interiors Bowie envisioned when he chose the home's Indonesian look back in the Eighties.

The peaceful hillside hideaway, once described by the 69-year-old glam rock icon as a 'tranquil place' so relaxing he found it difficult to pen new music there, now appears to have been snapped up by a mystery buyer.

It is located on what Bowie called the 'fantasy island' of Mustique, a popular getaway spot with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.








In one room there is an air hockey table, mini stage with guitars and bongo drums, and colourful models of birds hanging from the ceiling








Bowie (pictured left in the retreat in 1992) had it built shortly before he married supermodel wife Iman (right, pictured together in 1995)


Explaining the theme of his home, designed by Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvist as a series of pavilions, each sitting discreetly within the tropical garden, Bowie said in 1992:

'I wanted something as unlike the Caribbean as possible.
'It’s a whim personified. I love a good cliché, and this house, for me, is just the most delightful cliché. What you have to realise is that Mustique is a fantasy island.'

But Bowie is not the only celebrated owner of the property. He later sold the retreat to the millionaire British publisher and poet Felix Dennis for £3.5million ($5million), a man who possessed a past every bit as colourful as Bowie's.

Dennis passed away in 2014 and it now appears the villa, advertised by global real estate agency Knight Frank, will soon have a new owner. It is listed as 'under offer' on Knight Frank's website, after having an asking price of around £14million ($20million).

Bowie used the retreat as a private getaway in the Nineties, but once admitted that it was so relaxing he found it difficult to work while visiting.





Peaceful: The private hillside hideaway is located on the Caribbean island of Mustique, once described by David Bowie as a 'fantasy island'





Relaxing: It comes with its own bar area and a look-out spot over the hillside. The property has now been snapped up by a mystery buyer





The house was decorated in an Indonesian theme when Bowie had it built in 1989. It still retains much of the glamour and colourful interior





The home boasts a swimming pool with a wet bar. It was designed as a series of pavilions, each sitting discreetly within the tropical garden


He once said during a house tour: 'The house is such a tranquil place that I have absolutely no motivation to write things when I’m there.'

On why he chose Mustique, Bowie added: 'Frankly, it was quite odd. I went down to spend a couple of days with Mick [Jagger] and Jerry [Hall] in their house, and while waiting for the boat — I was going to take a trip up and down the Caribbean and it never happened because the propeller fell out or something — I was stranded.

'And I just went scouting one day, having nothing better to do, there being little else to do there, and I came across this area of land attached to Arne Hasselqvist’s. And we talked about it, and I thought, Why not?'





There are plenty of spots to lay back and enjoy views of the sea. Bowie once said that it was so relaxing he found it difficult to work there





Colourful: The 69-year-old glam rock icon later sold the retreat to the millionaire British publisher and poet Felix Dennis for £3.5million





It now appears to have been bought by a mystery buyer. The villa, which comes with a pool, is 'under offer' on an estate agents' website


The villa was built in 1989 on a sandy outcrop, measuring three miles by one-and-a-half miles, that had been bought by British aristocrat Lord Glenconner for £45,000 in 1958.

It features a card room decorated with mussel shells, a studio with bamboo ceiling (once used by Bowie to record in), and a stage for musical performances. There is also a veranda from which there are views of the sea and what estate agents call 'the mesmerising Mustique sunsets'.

Other celebrities attracted to Mustique, where there are only around 80 houses and you can pay up to $75,000 a week to rent a place, include Mick Jagger, Jeremy Clarkson and, more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple visited the tiny island on a babymoon in 2013 - a holiday taken shortly before Prince George was born.





Shaded: One of the dining areas at the mansion is pictured. Such is the home's design that you are also never far from a refreshing dip





The property has five bedrooms, including this one, and was built on a sandy outcrop measuring three miles by one-and-a-half miles





Bowie used the retreat as a private getaway in the Nineties, but once admitted it was so relaxing he found it difficult to work while visiting





Such is the way the mansion has been designed that you can hop off a mattress in any one of the bedrooms and soon be in the pool
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