BY MARINA PADILLA
David Robert Jones, famously known as David Bowie, died Jan. 10, 2016.
Born on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie was an English songwriter, musician and actor. Space oddity became his first top-five entry on the U.K. singles chart. Over time, Bowie came back in 1972 during the glam-rock era and created an alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, the Spiders from Mars, Ziggy Stardust, and Ziggy became widely popular.
Having 27 albums, nine live albums and 121 hit singles, including the songs, Let’s Dance, China Girl, and Fame; Bowie’s musical catalog was highly acclaimed. Bowie also starred in Jim Henson’s dark fantasy Labyrinth, starring as Jareth the Goblin King.
Just two days after his birthday and on the day of his death David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. He was diagnosed with liver cancer for 18 months, but never made it public.
Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti wrote, “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.”
Bowie did not want a funeral and was cremated in New Jersey on Jan. 12.
“David Bowie has become a major influence in my life since my girlfriend introduced him to me, the loss hit her hard, and I had to watch the movie Labyrinth many times as a result.”, College of the Desert Student Jari Stemmer said.