David Bowie (David Robert Jones) was a British musician, singer-songwriter and a leading figure of the arts and music in the 20th century. Bowie led the way not only for many musicians, but also for many gender non-conforming individuals, when in 1972 after a break from music, Bowie re-emerged as an androgynous and flamboyant alter-ego under the name of “Ziggy Stardust”, one of the many musical icons who broke some of the notions and rules around gender.
Bowie had developed an interest in music as a child, eventually choosing to study art, music and design before embarking on his musical career. During Bowie’s lifetime, his estimated record sales were at over 100 million copies worldwide, which made him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
On the 10th January 2016, David Bowie sadly passed away in his New York city apartment. 18 months prior to his death, he had been diagnosed with liver cancer but chose not to announce the diagnosis publicly. Bowie had requested that he did not want a funeral, but his ashes from his cremation scattered in a Buddhist ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.