Yesha Callahan

David Bowie Passes Away at 69

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David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press. He was 69. Bowie secretly lived with cancer for 18 months, and Blackstar, the album he dropped last week, has been called a dedication to his fans as he knew he was dying.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

Bowie, he has been married to supermodel Iman since the 90’s, not only will be remembered for his music, but also for his memorable acting roles, especially as Jareth in Labyrinth.

Eerily, Bowie’s new music video that was also released last week, depicts a man on the verge of death and speaking about being free like a bird.

  1. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Icon, Legend, Genius, Style Master Class, Artist, Creator, Gobblin King

  2. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Condolences to his family but he was a really gross man when he was living, I have no idea if age changed that or not

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Anonin

      He was a racist and pedophile.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Anonin

        How can he be a racist when he did this?! He was the first to bring up MTVs lack of diversity in their programming in 1982.

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @Summer

          *eyeroll* how did i know the Calvary would be out?

          “What I said was Britain was ready for another Hitler, which is quite a
          different thing to saying it needs another Hitler. I stand by that
          opinion – in fact I was ahead of my time in voicing it. There are in
          Britain right now parallels with the rise of the Nazi Party in pre-war
          Germany. A demoralised nation whose empire had disintegrated.” Two years
          later, Margaret Thatcher was elected.
          – Quoting David Bowie from 1977”

          David Bowie has made a career out of reinventing himself, both
          physically and musically, but his most controversial persona was his
          Thin White Duke character from 1976, a self-described “emotionless Aryan
          superman” that Bowie developed for his Station to Station album.
          Around this time, Bowie would make several pro-fascist comments during
          interviews, including praises of nationalism and Adolf Hitler,
          culminating in a famous photograph of
          Bowie allegedly giving a Nazi salute. In later years, Bowie would blame
          his actions during this time on his heavy drug use and commitment to
          the Thin White Duke persona.

          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

            @Anonin

            obviously you don’t understand art. Thin White Duke was a persona (and everything associated with it) he used to mock fascism just like his Ziggy Stardust persona was a mockery of the overblown “Rock N Roll God” obsession of the 70s. Obviously he was right in the quote you stated. How else would a crazy conservative like Thatcher get elected? He obviously didn’t think that was a good thing hence the first sentence. He was pointing out a fact that Britain at the time would have been ripe for the plucking for a new Hitler because of what was happening in Britain at the time. A large influx of African immigrants were coming into Britain and many British were freaking out. There was a lot of racially motivated crime going on in neighborhoods as more immigrants were coming in. Add the falling economy worldwide and you had a powder keg ready to explode as many Britians felt that it was the fault of immigrants that they couldn’t get jobs. This is the type of climate that allowed Hitler to be elected in Germany.

            • January 11, 2016 - Reply

              @Summer

              “obviously you don’t understand art” seriously? okay ignoring that sentence…you can say he was using his persona to mock things like facism but when you salute fans at the station with the nazi salute or get caught with nazi paraphernalia seems to go beyond a parodying persona to me.
              Like I said I don’t know if thats changed in his older age but that doesnt change the fact of what he used to do (younger girls, nazi worship ect)

              • January 11, 2016 - Reply

                @Anonin

                Yep, he apologized for the nazi flirtations a long time ago.

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @Summer

          Bravo to him for his efforts!!

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Anonin

        Interesting. I wonder how he hid that from his Black wife ( a very unapologetic black woman at that) of 24 years and his black daughter.

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @Jacqueline

          I wonder too, but hell its not even wide knowledge that he’s married to Iman let alone some of his past exploits.

          • January 11, 2016 - Reply

            @Anonin

            I guess it depends what circles you run in. I remember when he and Iman got together back in the late 80s (or was it 90s), it was all over the gossip pages.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Anonin

        Oh really? Yet married an African woman…

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Anonin

        Rock stars regularly had sex with underage groupies back then. The sexual revolution was in full swing, and no one considered it rape. Different times.

        • January 12, 2016 - Reply

          @lynn1066

          Okay, like I said before doesnt change the fact it was done.

          • January 12, 2016 - Reply

            @Anonin

            I don’t think anyone here was arguing that it wasn’t done. The point I was trying to make is that the sex was consensual and that attitudes were different 40 years ago.

  3. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    RIP David Bowie

  4. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    I understand what cancer does to the people it leaves behind. I’am the aftermath of this and it hurts so very much. I lost my dad last summer and it is still very painful. May You RIP David Bowie, your legacy lives though the people who loved your music and cherished you as unique individual who changed the way people could see themselves. I hope you guide the family you left behind to good.

  5. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    I’m in shock liked his music. So sad to hear of his passing.

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I literally clutched my chest when I heard. Similar to Natalie Cole’s death. Such a shock.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Jacqueline

        I am sad.

  6. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Listening to him right now. He’s one white dude that got black music right. If you’re not familiar with his “soulful” albums, I recommend Station to Station and Young Americans. Word on a Wing is absolutely beautiful. He paid lyrical tribute to one of his favorite back up singers on Lady Grinning Soul (on Aladdin Sane).

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @BillipPhailey

      Thx for posting your suggestions, Young Americans is one of my favorite songs and I am looking forward to listening to the brilliance of the entire album.

      Re: Young Americans, Fame and Fashion: Bowie was such a genius writing songs that appeared to glorify the subject when he was really critiquing them. And you are so right about his approach to Black music.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        He called MTV out during a live interview for not playing Black artists.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        IIRC Luther Vandross was one of his backup singers on that album.

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @lynn1066

          Yep.

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @BillipPhailey

      His new single Lazarus is fire! His producer said that he has known for a year that this would be the outcome and that David Bowie wanted to give his fans one last album.

      I for one appreciate this and will cherish it forever. So heartbroken.

      But I really feel for Iman – they seemed to be so perfectly matched and their daughter is only 16- too young to lose Dad. My heart is so heavy for them.

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @BillipPhailey

      Yep, Bowie called his R&B inflected music “plastic soul,” because he acknowledged imitating black artists.

  7. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    When did this happen?! I didn’t even know he was sick. My heart is broken.

  8. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Certainly, we all send condolences to his family and friends. He was a person who expressed an eclectic array of music. Cancer is a deadly illness that is just horrific. His passing is sad.

  9. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    David Bowie was before my time so I am not fully familiar with his work but Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. Rest in peace to him and condolences to his family.

  10. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    I like to think after seeing his beloved family members in Heaven, Luther Vandross came to greet him with a course of Young American!

    I have been trying to process this all day. I had made a mental note on his birthday to purchase his new album. So many things from last week are now making sense and are placed into context.

    This one hurts. A true musical legend and artist. We will never see another Bowie.

    Rest in Power Thin White Duke!

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Jacqueline

      Yes, it was very shocking. No one knew he was ill.

  11. January 11, 2016 - Reply

    Ozone therapy can cure all forms of cancer, herpes, aids, ebola….ect. Crazy that people are still dying from curable diseases.

    • January 11, 2016 - Reply

      @Mr logical guy

      Probably because it doesn’t.

      • January 11, 2016 - Reply

        @Jo 'Mama' Besser

        Here’s a article from the African Journal of Infectious Diseases which only allow reputable sources. 5 people confirmed cured of ebola using Ozone therapy. Also Ozone therapy has been used successfully overseas for over 100 years……..

        ajol(.)info/index.php/ajid/article/view/126773

        “Fill your mind before you empty your mouth.”― Habeeb Akande

        • January 11, 2016 - Reply

          @Mr logical guy

          There is no such thing as a cure-all. Air can’t reverse infection or break up tumors. Where is the methodolgy, where’s the control group? This is all correllation. Ozone and frequency therapies weren’t taken seriously in the days of Royal Rife or Wilhelm Reich, so they’re no use now.

          ‘Don’t believe everything you read on the internet’– Medical Science.

          • January 12, 2016 - Reply

            @Jo 'Mama' Besser

            Ha! You do know you’re speaking to someone who had friends and family treated with ozone therapy. My brother had 3 impacted wisdom teeth pulled with no painful recovery using ozone to clean it up. My friend was treating both asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome. Both was cured in only 4 treatments. Another friend who’s from colombia treated his 5 year old son who suffered from stomach sphincter disorders and cure that problem also. Ozone therapy has been used in Europe for over 100 years for everything from water treatment to curing cancer. It’s been used in America also for the last 40 years. If you did any type of research you would’ve found case studies proving Ozone therapy effectiveness dating back 40 years. Dr. Robert Rowen who use ozone therapy even has videos on youtube showing the effectiveness. If you’re interested there’s a documentary called “Ozone, Medical Breakthrough” that’s on vimeo you can watch explaining tons about the history of ozone usage in the medical field.

            • January 12, 2016 - Reply

              @Mr logical guy

              Rowen has been in trouble with the law for making false and illegal claims and defrauding his patients, as have most of the major proponents of ozone therapy. Last I saw, Rowen had to do ten months probation and pay a huge fine. These people aren’t recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), His ilk has set up certifying
              boards so they can call themselves “board certified” but they don’t reveal how and what makes them certified and have been pursued by the FDA and BBB. Some of these people got their ‘M.D.’s from an online ‘course’. Dr. Mercola is another one who is hounded by the FDA for making claims about long-term effects that aren’t borne out by evidence. Many of these people aren’t even doctors but many who are have had their licenses revoked and people who have been caught distributing ozone machines get slammed by the IRS for fraud. Rowen is discredited and a pariah in the medical community.

              The usefulness of ozone is tested and re-tested over and over across the years and they still get the same result. None or the papers praising it are coming out of academic, peer-reviewed journals, and some seemingly reputable sites are pretty lax about vetting.

              Oxygen tents do work and are used all the time, but it’s not ozone, so that’s not the issue. I’ve had tons of dental surgery and have never had complications, so, specious reasoning could tell me that it’s because I didn’t take ozone. Anecdotes aren’t evidence.

              At best, ozone therapy can help with beneath the surface cavity disinfections, but it’s not so great for long term root canal disinfections.
              Double blind studies of ozone use in AIDS treatment have been shown to be ineffective at best. The American Cancer Society has rejected ozone as an effective treatment and the FDA agrees with the scientific consensus that ozone is a toxic gas which has, as yet, not demonstrated safe medical application in specific or preventive therapy. They’ve been saying this for decades. The treatments performed in Europe over the last century were based on impressions from uncontrolled anecdotal clinical experiences reported in German newspapers, magazines, and proponent newsletters. It worked because they said it worked, but there wasn’t anything behind the claims. Whatever improvements they experienced were based largely on the placebo effect, which is extremely powerful.

              At the levels needed to act as a germacide, the FDA again says would be dangerous. A lot of people have been hurt or have died as a result of the treatment as overexposure to ozone breaks down cell walls in the lungs, it’s called Projectioner’s Lung. In the most ideal (for what it is) circumstances, the patient needs to have a 100% functional immune system, but people seeking out this treatment frequently don’t, so their conditions are exacerbated. A lot of people who pushed the therapy are in prison right now. The Environmental Protection Agency considers ground-level ozone to be a pollutant that causes significant health risks.

              The ‘cure’ operates off of the belief that diseases can’t grow in a high oxygen environment, but there is no scientific evidence to back that up.
              0zone is a highly oxidizing form of oxygen that, with time, has very harmful long-term effects on our respiratory systems, not to mention the dangers associated with the blood treatment which introduces hydrogen peroxide in the mix. As such, if you squirt ozone on cancer cells on a dish they will die – but then so will all cells. You’ll get exactly the same reaction from tossing gin on the cells.

              The literature de-bunking ozone therapy is vast and as old as the claims of its efficacy. The power of the mind is the closest we’ll get to a cure-all because ozone certainly isn’t it. And in my research, I’ve never seen the word ‘quack’ used so often and in medical journals, at that.

              • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                Literally everything you just stated is false or misleading. The mere fact that you mention the FDA who are known to use fraudulent science to please their masters totally render your statement as bogus. Do a quick google search “FDA fraud” and you’ll see thousands of articles on the FDA caught up in criminal and fraudulent activity. You must work for the FDA or some health insurance company. Believe what you want…….but for anyone else who come across this that have family members with health problems research Ozone therapy.

                • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                  @Mr logical guy

                  So, the IRS, BBB, FDA, Cancer Society, Board of Specialists, EPA, Natural Dentistry Practicioners, etc. are conspirators persecuting people who made up their qualifications and falsified their testimony for no reason? Why? We decided to stop small pox but we’re keeping cancer around just for fun? There’s no way I’m extrapolating what sort of helps to clean a tooth to treatment for terminal illness. At any rate, I’ve managed to go through this disagreement without making personal attacks, you’ve done it twice, so I’m not subjecting myself to that.

                  • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                    @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                    I’m not here to convince you either way. I seen ozone therapy work first hand while all you did was use google. The medical industrial complex make billions every year in disease “maintenance” cause they don’t cure shit. The money is in disease maintenance not the cure. Only a fool would blindly trust any industry that generate that kind of yearly income. Plus the 1,000,000+ Europeans who were treated and still are currently benefiting from ozone therapy will tell you otherwise. If you’re too lazy to do real research outside of a 15min google search then suit yourself 🙂

                    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                      @Mr logical guy

                      Last time: If you can’t make your arguments without personal insults then feel free to never bother me again.

                      • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                        @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                        “Fill your mind before you empty your mouth.”― Habeeb Akande

                        For those who are interested

                        youtube(.)com/user/RobertRowenMD/videos

                        • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                          @Mr logical guy

                          Okay, I’ll take that the New England Journal of Medicine. Done.

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