25 era-defining photos of David Bowie through the decades Legendary British musician David Bowie revelled in his colourful life, which has sadly been cut short at the age of 69 — after an 18-month battle with cancer. As the world pays tribute to the iconic musician, artist, actor, and all-'round magical human being — here's a look back at the many characters of one of Earth's most inspiring creatures. See also: 7 stellar David Bowie duets to remember a legend by From the birth of his persona, Ziggy Stardust, in the early '70s through to the release of his 28th and final album, Blackstar on Jan. 8, Bowie changed the face of creative arts. Take a moment to appreciate the work of art he left behind. We are forever thankful. David Bowie 1969 Bowie has his first hit song, "Space Oddity," in July 1969. This is a portrait from the time. Image: Getty Images 1970 Bowie and his first wife Angela, who he was married to between 1970-80. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1972-73 The beginning of Ziggy Stardust. Image: AP Images/Associated Press The colourful David Bowie, poses beside his Rolls Royce in May 1973. Image: AP Images/Associated Press Posing as Ziggy Stardust. Image: AP Images/Associated Press David Bowie in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon. Image: AP Images/Associated Press Bowie performs his last concert as his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odean in London on July 3, 1973. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1975 In 1957, Bowie became successful in America, with the number-one single "Fame." It is billed as the start of the "plastic soul" genre. Image: Getty Images 1979 David Bowie, once notorious for his flamboyant garb, shown with actress Sydney Rome, who appeared with him in his new film “Just a Gigolo” in London on Feb. 14, 1979. The two were attending the London premiere of the film, which also co-stars Marlene Dietrich. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1980 Rock star turned actor David Bowie is seen rehearsing a scene in the Broadway show "The Elephant Man," Sept. 17, 1980. Bowie plays the starring role. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1983 David Bowie sits holding a cigarette in Cannes, May, 1983. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1986 Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in a scene from the movie 'Labyrinth', 1986. Image: Getty Images 1987 Tina Turner and David Bowie dance together during a commercial, filmed on July 19, 1987, for Pepsi-Cola USA. Image: AP Images/Associated Press Bowie performs during his concert at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 20, 1987, with his trademark hair on full display. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1990 Bowie performs suited up at a concert at Milton Keys. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1991 David Bowie is seen with his supermodel girlfriend Iman smiling in 1991. The couple married in Lausanne on April 24, 1992. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1995 The ever-changing David Bowie, sporting a goateed, dark look, performs in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1995. The tour was in support of his album "Outside" which is based on characters whom first appeared in a recent short story written by Bowie. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1996 A holy Bowie performs at the Brit awards on Feb. 19, 1996. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 1997 Not long after the release of his album "Earthling," Bowie received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Image: AP Images/Associated Press Bowie performs at the Phoenix Music Festival, Stratford Upon Avon, Britain in 1997. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 2001 A new-look long-haired Bowie arrives at the New York premiere of "Hannibal" in 2001 with Iman. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 2002 Iman and Bowie arrive at the 2002 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards, Monday, June 3, 2002, in New York. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 2003 Bowie performs at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany on 16 Oct. 2003, during the world tour in which he introduced his album "Reality." Image: AP Images/Associated Press 2010 Always the height of fashion, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Image: AP Images/Associated Press 2016 Bowie dies at age 69 from cancer. What a wonderful life. Image: AP Images/Associated Press
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