• This is how David Bowie passed away
  • Bowie died in 2016
  • He was 69

The entertainment galaxy lost one of its brightest stars when David Bowie (69), the chameleon of rock, bid farewell to the world stage. With a career that danced across the decades, Bowie left fans starstruck and heartbroken on that fateful January day in 2016.

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The shocking revelation

Whispers turned into wails as the news hit – David Bowie, the man who fell to Earth, succumbed to liver cancer just 48 hours post his 69th birthday bash. The star had been waging a war against the illness for 18 months, a battle he fought far from the public eye, a secret even to his closest comrades.

Ivo van Hove, the Belgian theatre maestro and Bowie's collaborator on the off-Broadway sensation 'Lazarus', spilled the beans on Bowie's health. The disease had clipped the wings of the Starman, grounding him from rehearsals. Yet, Bowie's spirit soared, working through the pain in the early days of his diagnosis.


The world stopped spinning on January 10, 2016, as Bowie's spirit ascended from his New York City sanctuary. A Facebook post, as delicate as a dove, broke the silence: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer."

A constellation of tributes

From the Prime Minister's office to the Beatles' surviving legends, tributes poured in like a cosmic shower. Mick Jagger, Bowie's partner in the "Dancing in the Street" duet, reminisced, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original... He was my friend. I will never forget him."

Paul McCartney tweeted a heartfelt message, while Ringo Starr sent peace and love to Bowie's kin. David Cameron, then-Prime Minister, hailed Bowie as a "master of re-invention" and a "huge loss."

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Fans transformed Bowie's haunts into hallowed grounds – from his Brixton birthplace to his Big Apple abode. In Brixton, a mural of Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' became a shrine, adorned with flowers and candles. A note echoing the lyrics from 'Space Oddity' summed up the collective sorrow: "The stars look very different today."