Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

David Bowie Left Us Too Soon… This Will Remind You How Brightly He Lived.

We all woke up with heavy hearts this morning, after the tragic news broke in the middle of the night: David Bowie, one of the world's most charmingly bizarre and beloved musicians, has passed away after an 18-month battle with liver cancer.

Bowie is survived by his wife, former supermodel Iman, and his two children. Additionally, his legacy will live on forever: Bowie gave misfits and outcasts a role model that they could look up to, one that inspired people to be unapologetically themselves. Throughout his prolific career, Bowie didn't just make music: He cultivated an environment for artistic expression that no artist has been able to manifest as deftly since.

While we mourn his death, we should also take the time to celebrate his life. See his 69 years in many incarnations, shared in the photos and video below.

This fan-made memorial video is mesmerizing, and truly captures the essence of The Thin White Duke.

Thank you for everything, Starman

Thank you for everything, Starman.RIP David Bowie

Posted by BBC Culture on Sunday, January 10, 2016

His wife Iman has been uploading images of Bowie to her Instagram account for the last week or so, most likely knowing that the end was near.

#Repost @melzy917 with @repostapp. ・・・ 🎂💅🏻🚬

A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on

#Repost @ellenvonunwerth with @repostapp. ・・・ Happy Birthday!💥❤️🎼🎈 @davidbowie

A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on

#Repost @zoesaldana with @repostapp. ・・・ #DavidBowie #Birthday

A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on

Who could ever forget the legacy of Bowie's unconventional music -- much less his iconic cheekbones?

Who could ever forget the legacy of Bowie's unconventional music -- much less his iconic cheekbones?

Maurizio Gambarini/European Pressphoto Agency

Here, he performs at Live Aid with Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, and Bob Geldof.

Here, he performs at Live Aid with Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, and Bob Geldof.

AP

As recently as last month, Bowie attended the Theatre Workshop in NYC, promoting the release and premiere of his new album, Lazarus.

As recently as last month, Bowie attended the Theatre Workshop in NYC, promoting the release and premiere of his new album, Lazarus.

Photoshot

Bowie's last live performance was in 2006.

Bowie's last live performance was in 2006.

Reuters

This amazing picture captures Bowie and Iman at their most romantic.

This amazing picture captures Bowie and Iman at their most romantic.

Bruce Weber

And here he is, at his most dapper.

This was particularly entertaining: These are David Bowie's answers to the Proust Questionnaire, a set of questions that were famously tackled by Marcel Proust as a teenager and then resurrected by Vanity Fair.

Now that he's gone, flowers have been left in tribute to Bowie at a mural in his birthplace of Brixton in South London.

Now that he's gone, flowers have been left in tribute to Bowie at a mural in his birthplace of Brixton in South London.

PA

And finally, check out this video of Bowie's style evolution and message. If you're a fan, it's going to make you realize how important his presence in the cultural landscape really was.

Sources: BBC, Facebook, Blank on Blank

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