Musical Genius & Pop Culture Icon David Bowie Dead at 69

Gone way too soon, the beloved musical genius from Great Britain, David Bowie, died last night just two days after releasing his 27th and final musical album, which became his final swan song: ‘Black Star’ Bowie had privately struggled with cancer for the last 18 months, without most of the world even knowing. His music, life and incredible art made a huge impact on the world of music, film, art and fashion for more than 4 decades.

I was an avid David Bowie fan as a teen and had listened to his music since the early 1970s when he recorded the groundbreaking album “The Man Who Sold the World.”

Tributes from all over the world are pouring in. Below are some rare photos of David from throughout his stellar career as musical genius recording artist, painter, art film star and pop culture icon.

Mick Jagger and David Bowie singing with Dire Straits at Princes Trust concert,  June 1986. (Express Newspapers Via AP Images)

Mick Jagger and David Bowie singing with Dire Straits at Princes Trust concert, June 1986. (Express Newspapers Via AP Images)

Bowie writing stage show. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie, who is writing a stage show based on his 1976 science-fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Issue date: Thursday April 2, 2015. A spokesman for the star confirmed a report in The New York Times that Bowie is working with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, who won a Tony Award for Once, on the show. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:22645976

Bowie writing stage show. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie, who is writing a stage show based on his 1976 science-fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Issue date: Thursday April 2, 2015. A spokesman for the star confirmed a report in The New York Times that Bowie is working with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, who won a Tony Award for Once, on the show. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:22645976

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1970 --- Singer David Bowie at the Valentine Pop Awards. --- Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

1970 — Singer David Bowie at the Valentine Pop Awards. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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1978 --- David Bowie, 1978 --- Image by © Denis O'Regan/CORBIS

1978 — David Bowie, 1978 — Image by © Denis O’Regan/CORBIS

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09 Jul 2002, London, England, UK --- David Bowie has died at the age of 69. Pictured: David Bowie and Paul McCartney --- Image by © ADavidson/GoffPhotos.com/Splash/Splash News/Corbis

09 Jul 2002, London, England, UK — David Bowie has died at the age of 69. Pictured: David Bowie and Paul McCartney — Image by © ADavidson/GoffPhotos.com/Splash/Splash News/Corbis

09 Jul 2002, London, England, UK --- David Bowie has died at the age of 69. Pictured: David Bowie and Paul McCartney --- Image by © ADavidson/GoffPhotos.com/Splash/Splash News/Corbis

09 Jul 2002, London, England, UK — David Bowie has died at the age of 69. Pictured: David Bowie and Paul McCartney — Image by © ADavidson/GoffPhotos.com/Splash/Splash News/Corbis

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9th July 1973:  Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie.  (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)

English singer, musician and actor David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

English singer, musician and actor David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES - 1973:  Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his "Ziggy Stardust" era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his “Ziggy Stardust” era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES - 1973:  Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his "Ziggy Stardust" era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his “Ziggy Stardust” era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

1973:  Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his "Ziggy Stardust" era in 1973.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his “Ziggy Stardust” era in 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1972:  Musician David Bowie plays a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar as he performs onstage in circa 1972. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

CIRCA 1972: Musician David Bowie plays a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar as he performs onstage in circa 1972. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Singer David Bowie being interviewed at home in Beckenham, London on April 24, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Singer David Bowie being interviewed at home in Beckenham, London on April 24, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Angie Bowie, Zowie Bowie (Duncan Jones) and David Bowie (wearing an eyepatch) appear at a press conference at the Amstel Hotel on 7th February 1974 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Angie Bowie, Zowie Bowie (Duncan Jones) and David Bowie (wearing an eyepatch) appear at a press conference at the Amstel Hotel on 7th February 1974 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

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British singer David Bowie performs at Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium in London, England July 13, 1985.(AP Photo)

British singer David Bowie performs at Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium in London, England July 13, 1985.(AP Photo)

Paul McCartney, center, and his wife Linda McCartney, applaud David Bowie, left, and Bob Geldof, right, at the end of the London part of the Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium, Saturday, July 13, 1985. At far left is Pete Townsend of The Who. The concert continued being broadcast around the world on TV from Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber))

Paul McCartney, center, and his wife Linda McCartney, applaud David Bowie, left, and Bob Geldof, right, at the end of the London part of the Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium, Saturday, July 13, 1985. At far left is Pete Townsend of The Who. The concert continued being broadcast around the world on TV from Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber))

David Bowie plays an acoustic guitar while being photographed at a press conference in Japan on May 19, 1990. (AP Photo)

David Bowie plays an acoustic guitar while being photographed at a press conference in Japan on May 19, 1990. (AP Photo)

** RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP AND TONING ** Model Iman and her husband singer David Bowie laugh as arrive at the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party, Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

** RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP AND TONING ** Model Iman and her husband singer David Bowie laugh as arrive at the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party, Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

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