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By Cassie Coughlin | Staff Writer |
The New Year began with heartbreak as the world mourned the loss of the musical and entertainment legend David Bowie.
According to E! Online, Bowie died of cancer, but enjoyed his final days with his wife by his side, Iman, of 23 years.
Since Bowie was still active in film and music until just days before his death, most were surprised to hear the rock star’s death was due to cancer.
Once news spread of his passing, many people experienced the feeling of shock and pain of losing a prominent figure and began reminiscing on the legacy he left behind.
“You think that the icons are going to live to be immortal, and I mean in a way they are, but they do live on through their work, movies, film,” said student Samantha Inman.
Whether you think of the hit single “Let’s Dance,” eccentric fashion items, or the film “Labyrinth,” in which Bowie played the unforgettable role of Jareth the Goblin King, hearing the name Bowie is bound to spark some sort of memory.
“I think the first time I ever heard him was in ’83, it was the second video I’d ever saw on MTV, back when they played videos, it was a David Bowie song, so he has been a part of my life for quite a while,” said staff member of the department of theater arts, Scott Kruger.
Bowie is considered a legend due to his drive to push limits and reform the norm of the entertainment world.
“Well, he kind of did the Lady Gaga thing before Lady Gaga was even around,” said Inman. “He was the one who was willing to push the envelope, in his stage presence, in his music, in his fashion, in the way he presented himself.”
When one thinks of Bowie, they probably picture his trademark vibrant blue and orange lightning bolt that covered the left side of his face and was featured on his “Aladdin Sane” album cover, or maybe the bright red hair he rocked during his Ziggy Stardust era.
Like Lady Gaga and other eccentric stars, Bowie’s fashion was never dull and usually consisted of vibrant colors, skin tight jumpsuits, leotards, patterned blazers, and was always paired with amazingly styled hair.
“[His] alter egos were all so different and unique, and so he was just able to show you can approach music or entertainment at any angle and it will still be powerful and have an impact,” said musical education major student Simen Shchurov.
Bowie, who started his career in England, began his musical fame in the ’60s, with the release of the single “Space Oddity.”
In the ’70s, the world experienced a new side of Bowie’s talent and legacy, as they enjoyed watching the characters he made come to life in films such as “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”
Bowie’s creations, especially musically, were not just special due to their uniqueness but also because of the inspiration they gave other artists.
“A lot of musicians or singers nowadays use sound bites from his music, because it’s unique and creative, that other musicians never really made but he had a unique sound or character to his music,” continued Shchurov.
Fans were not the only ones reminiscing on the legacy Bowie left on the world. Celebrities also shared their thoughts on his passing.
“David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime,” tweeted Kanye West.
Although Bowie started his career in the 1970s, he remained a prominent figure, releasing his last album “Black Star,” on Jan. 8, just days before his death.
Hearts around the world are mourning the loss of the legendary icon David Bowie, but they can find comfort in knowing the entertainment wonders he left behind can still be enjoyed for generations.