David Bowie, the innovative British musician who epitomised the glam rock era of the 1970s, has died. He was 69.
"Very sorry and sad to say it's true,'' son Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter. "I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.''
Famed for hit songs including "Space Oddity'' and albums such as "Young Americans,'' Bowie was also known as a performer through his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. His cultural importance was underscored two years ago when London's Victoria and Albert Museum dedicated an exhibition to his career.
Bowie, born David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947 also appeared in movies. He played an alien in 1976's "The Man Who Fell to Earth,'' and took on the role of pop artist Andy Warhol in "Basquiat'' in 1996, the same year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was also a pathbreaker in the world of finance after banks sold $55 million of securities – known as Bowie Bonds – tied to his royalties in 1997:
David Bowie's 1997 deal was a typical one: He securitized the future royalties to his music, netting himself a cool, quick $55 million--though it means he will lose the revenues from 300 of his songs. // Businessweek, March 10, 2002
As news of his death spread, one animation, created by illustrator Helen Green for the musician's birthday in 2015, spread quickly online.
Legions of fans, as well as politicians and celebrities, posted their tributes online.
Three Seminal David Bowie Videos
Space Oddity, 1972
Heroes, Glastonbury Festival, 2000
Lazarus, January 2016