At 69, David Bowie succumbed to cancer, shortly after release of his latests, Dark Star.
I send blessings to him.
For me, he was the Kilimanjaro of late-twentieth century seminal rock music (in the broadest sense).
So original I can't even think of anybody who *really* tried to emulate him, while the number of musicians who state he was a major influence is legion.
OMG: Simpsons episode 11 was released on iTunes today, containing this line from Skinner: "She has a cat with two different colored eyes; his name is *Bowie*!"
Even my postman talked about Bowie today. That was one famous dude.