David Bowie has died, 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer.
After releasing his first hit, Space Oddity, in 1969 Bowie became a global superstar with the success of albums such as Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The late 1970s saw Bowie produce a three-album collaboration with Brian Eno known as the Berlin trilogy before he embraced pop in the 1980s, finding chart success with songs such as Let’s Dance and Queen collaboration Under Pressure.
Bowie’s acting career took off with his performance in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, followed by roles in films such as Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ and Absolute Beginners. More recently, he also appeared as himself in the film Zoolander and the Ricky Gervais sitcom Extras.
He had kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s, and his last live performance was at a 2006 charity show in New York.
“My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter,” Bowie said in a 2002 interview. “The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety all of the high points of one’s life.”