Monday, July 22, 2024

Rock Tragedy: David Bowie Dead from Cancer Two Days After His 69th Birthday


It’s so awful that David Bowie is gone, it’s hard to express the grief. He was a genius. Simple fact. Now he’s dead two days after his 69th birthday, and two days after the release of his final album. The Bowie canon is a huge part of our culture, so wide ranging probably no one realizes how much Changes and Space Oddity and Young Americans and Fame and Let’s Dance fill our radio waves every single freakin’ day. And that’s just the music. Bowie’s influence on fashion and art are just as far reaching.

Bowie’s website says he was sick for 18 months. But even when his album The Next Day came out on March 8, 2013 he was basically unavailable for press. We knew something was up. He was reclusive and unavailable. The album is filled with great songs, too.

His long time producing associate Tony Visconti posted on Twitter a short time ago that he knew for a year this was coming. I’m sure it was a hard secret to keep. Natalie Cole last week. David Bowie this week. It’s our loss.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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