David Bowie passed away on 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album, Blackstar.
Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti issue a statement saying: “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.” – Tony Visconti
Fans Pay Tribute to David Bowie
Thousands of David Bowie fans paid emotional tributes to the star today following his death, setting up impromptu shrines all across the world.
The iconic singer, whose new album came out just last week, died from liver cancer aged 69 in New York City yesterday surrounded by his family.
And only a week ago he sent frequent collaborator Brian Eno a farewell email saying: ‘Thank you for our good times, Brian, they will never rot.’
Following an outpouring of grief from celebrities, public figures and music fans, several significant sites in Europe and the US were transformed into memorials for the rocker, who had secretly battled illness for 18 months and was said to have suffered six heart attacks in the past few years.
His childhood home in South London, his apartment building in New York, a Dutch museum hosting a Bowie exhibition and the spot where the Ziggy Stardust album cover was captured were among the areas to host vigils.
Several fans burst into tears while laying flowers at a mural dedicated to the star in his birthplace of Brixton, with many saying his death – which was announced this morning – felt like losing someone close to them.
Bowie’s passing came just three days after the release of a music video which featured chilling footage of the singer confined to a hospital bed with his eyes covered by a bandage. Read more here