British rock legend David Bowie died at 69 years to cancer, two days after the release of his 25th album, which led Monday a new surprise and triggered a rain of tributes around the world.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous battle against cancer 18 months” display Twitter and Facebook accounts of the British star in a post dated Sunday but released Monday .
“Although many of you share this pain, we ask you to respect the family during this period of mourning,” said the message dated London without specifying where the artist, who lived in New York for many years, died .
“Sorry and sad to say that it is true. I will be offline for a while. I love you all, “confirmed his son Duncan Jones by posting on Twitter a photo in black and white baby him, standing on the shoulders of his father.
The death of David Bowie came two days after the release Friday of its 25th album, “Blackstar”, the day of his 69th birthday. Chameleon artist, he showed in this album he was still decided to surprise, in indulging in seductive jazz experiments.
The tributes to the exceptional career of the artist raining Monday morning on social networks, both from his fans, the music world as politicians.
“I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius of David Bowie. He knew better than anyone reinvent itself, it always fell right. A huge loss, “lamented the British Prime Minister David Cameron on his Twitter account.
“David Bowie was one of my main sources of inspiration, (it was) so brave, so creative, he gave us the magic for a lifetime,” said the star rapper Kanye West, while the singer Madonna said “collapsed”.
“Rest in peace, father of all crazy. Extremely sad day, “has voiced US actor Mark Ruffalo while Russell Crowe tweeted:” I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest live performers ever to have lived. ”
“I just lost a hero. Rest in peace David Bowie, “said the presenter Ricky Gervais, which animated the Sunday ceremony Golden Globes ceremony.
Man of 1000 faces
Born David Robert Jones January 8, 1947 in a modest family of Brixton, a popular district of south London, David Bowie had left school as a teenager and gained notoriety in 1969 with “Space Oddity” became a stroll mythical about the history of Major Tom, an astronaut who becomes lost in space.
He then multiplied the albums, musical changes and characters, fun to turn into a man with 1,000 faces based on its mime training and his love of costume, fashion or kabuki theater. Bowie had also made several incursions in the cinema.
He had chained records and touring until the early 2000s, but a heart attack in June 2004 on the stage of a German festival had ended this very productive period.
Then forced to a long rest, he had become rare in the following years but had recently multiplied projects: Serial Generic, musical, appearances like on the last album of The Arcade Fire, seemingly become the one who dictated fashion in the 1970s.
After “The Next Day”, released in 2013, its 25th and thus last album under the sign of a mysterious black star (“Blackstar”), is crossed epileptic batteries, flows and explosions -the saxophones first instrument of Bowie- and a velvet voice sometimes spreading sweetness sometimes a dull anxiety.