R.I.P David Bowie

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David Bowie has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

Bowie’s death comes just three days after the release of his 26th studio album, ★ (Blackstar). The album’s preoccupation with death, dying, and the angst of being forgotten takes on a whole greater meaning in light of his passing. In a statement, Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti confirmed that was recorded as his “parting gift” to fans.

Stay tuned to Consequence of Sound for a more extensive tribute to Bowie. Below, watch his final music video, “Lazarus”, which was released just last week. Taking place primarily on a hospital bed, Bowie essentially acknowledges his impending demise.