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Published 16/01/2016

Mourning fans heaped flowers beside a mural of iconic rock musician David Bowie in Brixton, south London on Tuesday
Mourning fans heaped flowers beside a mural of iconic rock musician David Bowie in Brixton, south London on Tuesday

Mourning fans heaped flowers beside a mural of iconic rock musician David Bowie in Brixton, south London on Tuesday.

News of his death came as a shock to his legion of a admirers who rushed to social media to express their sorrow.

It emerged that the star had been suffering from cancer for the past 18 months but few knew how seriously ill he was.

Indeed his death came just days after the release of his final album, Blackstar. He was 69.

The mural shows Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust era and echoes the 1973 cover of his Aladdin Sane album.

Ziggy was just one of several personas developed by Bowie over a career that spanned five decades. He was renowned for constantly reinventing both himself and his music, going from futuristic punk to glam rock to plastic soul before moving into industrial and jungle music.

Not just a musician, Bowie had a varied film career, including roles in The Man Who Fell To Earth, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and famously as the Goblin King in Labyrinth.

In 1970, Bowie married model Angie Barnett and they had a son christened Zowie Bowie, although he has since changed his name to Duncan Jones.

Jones was Bowie's original surname.

The couple divorced 10 years later and Angie has been estranged from her son for the last 30 years.

Bowie went on to marry Somalian supermodel Iman in Switzerland in 1992 and they had a daughter, Alexandria, in 2000.

They remained together and Iman posted several poignant photos of the pair during the week of his death.

Flowers have been placed in memory of Bowie not just at this mural in London, but also outside his apartment in New York, the house he lived in growing up in London, outside an apartment he once shared with Iggy Pop in Berlin and at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

It was reported later in the week that the star had been cremated without ceremony in New York, in accordance with his wishes not to have a funeral.

Kerry McKittrick

Belfast Telegraph

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