Legendary British rock star David Bowie died Sunday, January 10, 2016 after his 18-month battle with liver cancer, at the age of 69. The Star has made an impact on music and culture since he jumped onto the scene, in 1962, and will continue to create a legacy with his lasting influence and devoted fan base. Listed below are some facts about his legacy and life.
Bowie’s iconic left eye was left permanently dilated after he was punched in the eye by a friend fighting over a girl. Despite this, the two remained lifelong friends.
Bowie’s real name is David Robert Jones; he changed it to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees. Bowie was chosen based on the Bowie knife.
Bowie had several alter egos he preformed under, including: Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, Tao Jones, Halloween Jack and John Merrick.
In 1988, Bowie played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”
In 2007, Bowie voiced the character Lord Royal Highness on an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Lord Royal Highness also had two different colored eyes.
Bowie turned down two extreme British honors: Commander (CBE) in 2000, and Knighthood in 2003.
In 1996, Bowie released the single, “Telling Lies,” exclusively on his website, making it the first downloadable single.
Despite his constant travelling, for work and for pleasure, David Bowie was afraid of flying.
At the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of “The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.” He complained: “It’s not nice when people call you darling and that”.
In 1969, Bowie formed his own mime troupe, Feathers, as well as an experimental art ensemble.
Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry killed himself in 1985.