David Bowie, a pop music icon and master of makeovers, lost his valiant 18 month battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 69. Neither his publicist nor a statement posted on his social media accounts provided details on what type of cancer the singer had.
Bowie's death has been at the center of various Internet hoaxes over the last few years. So the news came as a shock to fans and industry insiders when it was confirmed.
"Genius is an overused word but I think musically, creatively, artistically, David Bowie was a genius," said British Prime Minister David Cameron. "He was a master of reinvention, and one of the things that's so incredible is almost all his reinventions were incredible successes and worked brilliantly. And so we mourn the loss of a great talent."
The flamboyant artist's songs, from "Changes" and "Fame" to "Heroes" and "Modern Love," were huge hits, played constantly on the radio and inspiring generations of musicians.
Bowie had just released his latest album, "Blackstar," on Friday, his 69th birthday. It catapulted to No. 1 on the iTunes chart in the UK and No. 2 in the United States, a testament to his mass appeal even after so many years in the music business.
There was hardly a genre he didn't dabble in, from pop rock to glam rock to electronic rock. Bowie was without a doubt an innovator -- a musical genius -- that has left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of his fans.
He is survived by his second wife, Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, and children Duncan Jones, the renowned sci-fi director, and Alexandria Zahra Jones.
Personally, I never really listened to David Bowie's music, but I can appreciate the profound impact he had on the music business. There's no question the man was immensely talented and will forever be regarded as one of the best musicians of our time.
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