David Bowie dies of cancer age 69
Tributes are being made today to singer David Bowie, who has died aged 69 following a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by his son, film director Duncan Jones, who said that his father died peacefully “after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.” Bowie’s latest album “Blackstar” was only released on his birthday on Friday, although the singer had no plans to tour the album.
Many tributes have been made to David Bowie on social media from across the world of entertainment. Singer Pharrell Williams tweeted “David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie”, whilst comedian and actor Ricky Gervais wrote simply “I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.” British astronaut Tim Peake also paid his respects to Bowie, tweeting “Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many.”
David Bowie’s last live performance was at a charity gig in New York in 2006, with his last live UK performance being at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004. His breakthrough came in 1972 with the release of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”, an album which defined pop music in the 1970s.