NEW YORK CITY – David Robert Jones, more popularly known as pop music icon David Bowie, lived the final years of his life at his penthouse home in Soho, New York.
In a fortuitous timing, Bowie released his latest album “Blackstar,” including this ominous track “Lazarus,” on his 69th birthday, just two days before he passed, Sunday. He was battling cancer for 18 months.
“David’s passing was a shock to us. We had the honor of meeting him once, 25 years ago, in 1991. He was a chameleon, as an actor, as a musician, he was so endlessly creative, even when he composed Blackstar, which was his last work, he contemplated his own death, unbeknownst to everyone else,” said Bill Greenman of Bellmore, New York.
Outside his Soho home, tears flowed and his music is played on cellphones. Hundreds of flowers, photos and other memorabilia’s pile up a makeshift memorial–a fitting tribute to the pop icon.
New Yorkers believe Bowie’s legacy will live for decades to come.
“He was always a star. He was always at the top of his game. I also think that his legacy will live on for centuries. He’ll be looked upon in the distant future as one the great artist of any era,” Greenman added.
Bowie’s legacy will be honored at the Carnegie Hall on March 13.
What was originally a tribute concert has become a memorial concert featuring Cyndi Lauper among many other artists who will commemorate the music icon.