Legendary musician David Bowie died quietly over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. He was just 69-years-old, yet it seems like he was famous and giving the world reasons to smile for all of them.
The showman began his career as a musician, churning out such legendary songs as "Rebel, Rebel", "Space Oddity" and "Fame", but he was also a damn fine actor too. David Bowie began acting as far back as the 1960s, but he didn’t play a huge part until 1979’s The Man Who Fell To Earth. Fittingly, he never really plunged fully into the acting world, nor did he ever abandon it. He simply drifted in and out, playing a slew of wonderful and of course, strange roles along the way including Pontius Pilate (The Last Temptation of Christ), a vampire cellist (Hunger), Nikola Tesla (The Prestige) and Jareth, the king of the Goblins (Labyrinth).
More than anything else, David Bowie had that unique ability in which he was utterly captivating. Whether playing music, appearing on stage or starring in a movie, you couldn’t take your eyes off of him. He was outrageous, without ever seeming to try. Powerful without every seeming to threaten. And free without the slightest bit of restraint, as if he was floating in the most peculiar way. He was simply David Bowie, and there will never be another like him.
The devastating news was confirmed by his representative on Sunday night. Here’s the official statement…
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
You can check out David Bowie cranking out "Rebel Rebel" in a vintage cut from ’74 below. He’s wearing an eye patch because he always did whatever the hell he wanted and we loved him for it.