The death of a celebrity is a tricky thing. On one hand, we mourn for their family and friends. On the other, we mourn for the loss of an individual that we, in an unexplainable way, felt understood us despite never meeting. We project so much of ourselves onto them that we convince ourselves of their immortality. If they die, so too would a part of our identity. David Bowie, the human, was not immortal. His sudden passing over the weekend is sobering evidence of that. David Bowie, the legacy, however, is immortal.
The outpouring of support over social media is an overwhelming testament to Bowie’s impact. Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or merely know Bowie by name or one of his many iconic images, your life has been shaped by him. He changed the way we perceive pop music. We wouldn’t have the eccentric icons we’ve raised on sparkling pedestals today if it weren’t for him. The world has lost one of its most otherworldly creatures, but his legacy reaches far beyond anything imaginable. The following sentiments are examples of that.
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
In all honesty, Gaga as we know her would not exist without David Bowie— Clodagh Mc Ginley (@clodaghmcginley) January 11, 2016
(Lady Gaga RT’d the above.)
David Bowie was 1 of the 1st ppl to make weird acceptable for the masses & give kids who didn't connect w/ 60's do-op, someone to connect to— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016