David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” ‘’Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died last month after a battle with cancer. He was 69 Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died “peacefully” and was surrounded by family. The singer had battled cancer for 18 months. Bowie had just turned 69 on the same day he released a new album called ‘Blackstar’. Bowie, who was born David Jones, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had a striking androgynous look in his early days and was known for changing his looks and sounds.
The stuttering rock sound of “Changes” gave way to the disco soul of “Young Americans,” co-written with John Lennon, to a droning collaboration with Brian Eno in Berlin that produced “Heroes.” “My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter,” Bowie told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. “The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety — all of the high points of one’s life.”
Bowie kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s. He made a moody album three years ago called “The Next Day” — his first recording in a decade which was made in secret in New York City. “Blackstar,” which earned positive reviews from critics, represented yet another stylistic shift, as he gathered jazz players to join him.