Bowie was a singer, musician, and actor, appearing in films and on Broadway.
The family released a statement:
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
Something happened on the day he died,
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside,
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried,
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)
~~~~~David Bowie, Blackstar, 2016
Bowie went through several ch-ch-changes during his 4 decade-plus career -- from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke; from Glam to Disco to Electronica.
As Not Now Silly always says, It's all about the music.