- By Howard Gates
David Bowie has died of cancer aged 69
The 69 year old musician, singer and actor has died surrounded by his family after an 18 month battle with cancer in Manhattan, New York.
Bowie’s death comes only two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar, which was released on his 69th birthday and has industry experts saying it is set to top the UK charts.
Numerous heart felt tributes have been paid to Bowie’s substantial catalogue of works, reinventions and career-incarnations. Sentimental tributes to the star have come from collaborators such as Iggy Pop, fellow singer Madonna, the Rolling Stones and Kanye West.
Astronaut Tim Peake speaking from the International Space Station, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Tony Blair have also given tributes to Bowie.
Impromptu shrines to the singer have sprung up in several places, including at a mural showing his face in Brixton, south London, where he was born; Beckenham, south London, where he grew up; New York, where he lived for many years; and Berlin, where he lived during a peak period of creativity.
Bowie’s 54 year professional career spanned 26 albums and 21 films.