David Bowie death: When did David Bowie die?
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David Bowie’s death left a huge hole in the music world. His music hit the top of the charts after his death was announced, and he was seen posthumously afterwards in TV show Twin Peaks. His final album, Blackstar, also won several awards after the innovator died – but when was his death?
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, meaning we are nearing the fifth anniversary of his death.
His death came suddenly to fans, however, the Ziggy Stardust singer had been battling cancer in private for many months beforehand.
The singer was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2014, while he was working on his off-Broadway musical Lazarus, which opened only months before he died.
He only told his family and those he was working with at the time about his diagnosis, choosing to keep it out of the spotlight.
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David underwent treatment for cancer and was believed to have been having chemotherapy during the time he worked on his final album, Blackstar.
His long-time collaborator Tony Visconti recalled how the singer was bald from chemotherapy when they met to begin work on Blackstar, though this does not confirm when the singer had his treatment.
In November 2015, it was hoped David would go into remission following his treatment but instead, the cancer had spread, and he was told the disease was incurable.
It was reported David could have further treatment, which may have relieved him slightly, however he chose not to continue with this while he was filming Lazarus, a music video which appeared on his final album.
Many believed this to be his swansong, as if he was becoming more aware of his oncoming death.
David’s last public appearance before his death was at the opening of his musical Lazarus on December 7, 2015, in New York City.
Lazarus had music and lyrics written by David, with the book written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh.
The story was based on the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, which David famously brought to life in a film adaptation in 1976.
The 1976 movie, directed by Nicolas Roeg, starred David as Thomas Jerome Newton, a humanoid alien who crash lands on Earth as he attempts to bring water back to his planet, which is suffering from drought.
The film divided critics, but gained a cult following and quickly became one David’s best-loved film appearances, though sadly his musical also divided critics on its debut.
Michael C Hall played Thomas on Broadway and in the West End productions and received a Tony Award nomination for his work.
After this, David’s next creative gift was his final album, Blackstar, released on his birthday of January 8.
Tony described how the album was a ‘parting gift’ for fans and was designed this way intentionally due to David’s illness.
He wrote on Facebook after its release in 2016: “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.
“His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.
“I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.
“He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.
“For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
David left behind his wife, Iman, along with two children: Duncan, his son with first wife Angie Bowie, and Lexi, his daughter with Iman.
He did not have an official funeral, however many stars paid tribute to him after his death.
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