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David Bowie, Longtime HIV Activist and Musical Genius, is Dead At 69

David Bowie, Longtime HIV Activist and Musical Genius, is Dead At 69


The legendary gender-bending bisexual British musician succumbed to cancer just days after his birthday.

David Bowie has died, according to a statement posted to the musician's Facebook page and Twitter account:

Bowie was known for his showmanship and gender-bending costumes as well hit songs: 63 top 40 singles, eight number 1 albums, and two songs that went to number one, according to Billboard: "Let's Dance" from 1983, and 1975's “Fame” off the top 10 album "Young Americans."

He had just released his 25th album, "Blackstar" on his birthday, January 8. A lyric to one of his new songs, "Lazarus," is "Look up here, I'm in heaven."

In addition, Bowie was a longtime AIDS activist, doing benefit concerts with Elton John and Annie Lennox, and supporting his wife Iman, a global ambassador for the African HIV and AIDS organization, Keep A Child Alive.

Bowie was born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in South London. He rose to fame along with his jumpsuit-wearing alter ego Ziggy Stardust and another persona he called the Thin White Duke, in association with his 1976 album, "Station to Station." He is widely known as one of the most influential figures of glam rock and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.



Openly bisexual, the singer is survived by his wife, model Iman as well as son Duncan Jones from his first marriage and daughter, Alexandria Jones.

His death came as a shock to fans all over the world. Amanda Palmer, who is herself a bisexual musician, wrote that she and her husband — the author Neil Gaiman — were devastated. On her blog she wrote of the death:

"I'm so rattled by it that I think it needs a post of its own that I can spend some time on. a hero of mine, and a huge hero/influence of neil's. it's going to be a hugging night. neil and I were literally on a david-bowie-video-marathon five or six nights stuff, neil showing me new stuff. maybe we knew.

he was only 69.


love each other. 

 Famous fan and lesbian heartthrob Ruby Rose also expressed sadness:

As did rocker Linda Perry:

The band Goldfrapp:

And CNN journalist Anderson Cooper:

Fellow Brit, Ricky Gervais, who had just finished hosting the Golden Globe Awards tonight, tweeted:

On Twitter, Bowie's son confirmed his passing, posting a photo of the pair together:



Watch the haunting music video for David Bowie's new song, "Lazarus," below.


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