3 Years Ago: David Bowie Dies at 69

January 10, 2019

On January 10th, 2016, the world lost another of its most pivotal and influential rock icons. David Bowie passed away two days after turning 69 years old, who reportedly was fighting an 18-month battle with liver cancer.

Having recording such legendary songs like "Changes", "Ziggy Stardust", "Rebel Rebel", "Space Oddity", "Heroes", and many more, David Bowie proved himself to be a true icon in his 40+ years as a musician. Even though he had not toured since 2004 after undergoing heart surgery, he had remained active recording music, as he just released his final studio album Blackstar on his 69th birthday.

Bowie paved the way for many talented artists who drew inspiration from him including Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor, Scott Weiland, and Nirvana, who famously covered his song "The Man Who Sold The World" at their MTV Unplugged performance.

But Bowie's influences had far beyond guitar riffs and hit songs. Aside from his contributions to art, fashion, and film, Bowie also challenged social norms when it came to gender and identity, which was a very big deal to LGBTQ youth at the time of his popularity. 

David Bowie may be gone from this world, but his memory and music will eternally live amongst the stars.