David Bowie icon of one time, real legend and rock n’ roll superstar. On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie sadly died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment.
He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but had not made the news of his illness public. After news of his death, sales of his albums and singles soared. Bowie had insisted that he did not want a funeral, and according to his death certificate he was cremated in New Jersey on 12 January 2016.
Two years after his death, the UK fans have bought more than five million of his records, including three million singles. His 25th and final studio album Blackstar released two days before his death, went on to be one of the top ten biggest albums of 2016, making it Bowie’s most popular album since his death.
On February 12, 2017, David Bowie posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for Blackstar, including: Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Song.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years – is documentary movie by HBO Documentary Films released on 7 January, 2017. The movie is about his last years between the work in the final chapters of his life and the passions that helped cement his place as an experimental pop music icon.
Directed by Francis Whately and previously broadcast on British television, the movie features never-before-seen footage of Bowie as well as conversations with the musicians, producers and music video directors who worked with him on his final tour back in the early 2000s (when he had a heart attack that compelled him to turn away from live performances) – The Man Who Fell to Earth – inspired musical Lazarus and his final two albums, 2013’s The Next Day and Blackstar.