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Musician David Bowie has died at age 69

Watch some of his greatest hits including "Fame" and "Rebel Rebel" -- and an unlikely duet with Bing Crosby

Watch excerpts from movies such as "The Man who Fell to Earth," and "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence"

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Pop star. Songwriter. Record producer. Multi-instrumentalist. Actor. Artist …

Legendary British art-rock icon David Bowie – who has died aged 69 – was all these and so much more.

In a prolific career spanning more than four decades, Bowie amassed a huge catalog of music, his unrelenting evolution keeping him relevant to new generations of fans.

As an actor, his career flourished from the late 1970s to the early 1980s – and he worked with great directors including David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Jim Henson. Latterly, he mainly acted in cameos – not bad for a side career.

In honor of a fallen star, here are some of Bowie’s most memorable songs and film roles – including his final haunting word in “Lazarus,” released just a few weeks ago.


’Space Oddity’ (1969)

The first song to feature fictional astronaut Major Tom, released just weeks before the first Moon landing. Later songs included “Ashes to Ashes” and “Hallo Spaceboy.”

’Ziggy Stardust’ (1972)

“Ziggy was my Martian messiah who twanged a guitar,” Bowie once said of perhaps his most memorable alter ego, Ziggy Stardust – who remains one of the enduring symbols of glam rock. The concept album that tells his story ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was Bowie’s breakthrough hit and is consistently ranked one of the greatest records of all time.

’Rebel Rebel’ (1974)

This was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark with songs like “Ziggy Stardust” and “Jean Genie” – and extravagant brightly colored skintight jumpsuits and neon orange mullet.

’Fame’ (1975)

This is the song that made Bowie huge in the U.S. – reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1975. His new friend, John Lennon, sings backing vocals.

’Heroes’ (1977)