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Legendary Musician David Bowie Dies Days After Releasing Final Album

| by Brendan Kelly
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Legendary musician David Bowie died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Fans all over the world are mourning as news of Bowie’s death on Jan. 10 spreads, just days after he released a new album, "Blackstar," on Jan. 8, his 69th birthday, Daily Mail reports.

According to a tribute on Facebook by longtime producer and collaborator Tony Visconti, the latest album from David Bowie was “his parting gift.”

On Jan. 7, Bowie released a video for the single “Lazarus” from the new album, which features footage of Bowie in a hospital bed with his eyes covered with bandages and the opening lyric, “Look up here, I’m in heaven," A.V. Club notes. The video was likely meant as a “goodbye” from the musician, who was aware of his fate as he battled cancer.

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“I knew for a year this way the way it would be,” Tony Visconti wrote in a tribute to his friend on Facebook. “I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”

Bowie, known for albums such as "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust," "Space Oddity" and "Heroes" and his acting work in films such as "Labyrinth," "died peacefully surrounded by his family,” according to a statement from the musician’s publicist.

His latest album features many lyrics hinting at his fate, including lines about having “nothing left to lose” and feeling “free like a bluebird.”

Tributes and vigils for the legendary musician are already taking place near his childhood home in London, his apartment building in New York City, the location of the "Ziggy Stardust" album cover photo, and more.

Sources: Daily MailA.V. Club, Tony Visconti/FacebookYouTube / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube Screenshot