David Bowie, 69, barrier-breaking rock star and actor, has died – Los Angeles Times

David Bowie, the barrier-breaking British rock musician and actor, has died at the age of 69, just days after releasing a critically acclaimed album on his birthday.

Bill Zysblat, his business manager of 34 years, confirmed to The Times that Bowie died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Bowie never stopped innovating. Times reviewer Mikael Wood said of the new “★” album (“Blackstar” when said out loud) that it was “as fierce and unsettling — and sometimes as beautiful — as anything in Bowie’s one-of-a-kind catalog.”

During his initial rise in the 1970s, he produced an astonishing range of work, from cosmic folk (“Space Oddity”) and glam rock (“Ziggy Stardust”) to blue-eyed soul (“Young Americans”) and electronic experiments with Brian Eno (“Heroes”).

His stardom hit new heights in 1983 when he appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the worldwide success of “Let’s Dance.”

A statement posted to his official Facebook page said Bowie “died peacefully today surrounded by his family” and asked for privacy for his family during their time of grief.


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