One of the most influential musicians of his time, David Bowie, passed away yesterday at age 69 after an 18-month long battle with cancer. Many beautiful tributes have been made to him online as well as it has been reported that the next the next Carnegie Hall tribute concert will be dedicated to him. He left this world surrounded by family and left us with a goodbye note in the form of Blackstar which he released this past Friday on his 69th birthday. “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,” Tony Visconti, the producer who worked on Bowie’s final album with him said. “His death was no different from his life – a work of art.”
The singer, best known for his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust, began using cocaine in the 1970’s in order to shed inhibitions and to help him keep up his energy for his extravagant performances. Despite being told by many to not do drugs, he ignored the advice. “Before I took them, when I took them and afterwards. Every time, that advice was right,” he said. He had reached a low point at age 28 living in Los Angeles. Drugs had “taken over” his life and drove him to contemplate suicide. “I really did think that my thoughts about not making 30 would come true,” Bowie shared. “Drugs had taken my life away from me. I felt as though I would probably die and it was going to be all over. My assistant, Coco, got me out of it. Thanks to her, I got myself out of America to Berlin.” It was then, in the late ‘70’s, that he decided to ditch cocaine and began to live a life of sobriety.
He is survived by his wife, Iman Bowie, and his two children, Duncan Jones and Alexandria Jones. David Bowie was an incredible man and musician and our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
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