RIP Ziggy Stardust: Remembering David Bowie, the maverick music legend

Rock star David Bowie, shown performing at the Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2000, has been crowned the musician's musician, according to a year-long survey conducted by the British weekly New Music Express, released November 27, 2000. Bowie beat the Beatles and alternative rockers "Radiohead" in the survey that asked hundreds of top rock and pop stars to name their biggest musical influence. Reuters

Music legend David Bowie performing at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000. The visionary British rock star, who framed hits such as Space Oddity with flamboyant pop personas like 'Ziggy Stardust' and androgynous displays of sexuality,passed away on Monday aged 69 after a secret battle with cancer. Reuters

Princes Diana, Patron of the National AIDS Trust, greets singer David Bowie (R) backstage at Wembley Arena in London December 1, before the Concert of Hope to mark World AIDS Day. In the backgroundare singers George Michael and Mick Hucknall of Simply Red. Reuters

Princes Diana, Patron of the National AIDS Trust, greets David Bowie before the Concert of Hope to mark World AIDS Day. Bowie's 1972 portrayal of a doomed bisexual rock envoy from space, Ziggy Stardust, that propelled him to global stardom. Reuters

Rock musician David Bowie jokingly makes devils horns in front of his head as he delivers the commencement address May 8 at the 1999 graduation ceremonies of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bowie, who joked about the various roles of musicians, spoke to more than 600 graduates about his long friendship with the late British rock star [John Lennon.] Reuters

David Bowie jokingly makes devils horns as he delivers the commencement address at the 1999 graduation ceremonies of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A pioneering chameleon of performance imagery, Bowie straddled the worlds of hedonistic rock, fashion, art and drama for five decades, pushing the boundaries of music and his own sanity to produce some of the most innovative songs of his generation. Reuters

British singer David Bowie performs during the first concert of his UK tour in Manchester, November 17, 2003. Reuters

British singer David Bowie performs during the first concert of his UK tour in Manchester in 2003. Bowie defined the theatrical glam rock movement with the albums "Hunky Dory", "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", and "Aladdin Sane". Reuters

Singer David Bowie arrives with his wife Iman to attend the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) fashion awards in New York June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Singer David Bowie arrives with his wife Iman to attend the an award ceremony in 2010. Ever ahead of public opinion, Bowie told the Melody Maker newspaper in 1972 that he was gay, four years later, he informed Playboy that he was bisexual, but in the 1980s he told Rolling Stone magazine that the declaration was "the biggest mistake I ever made" and that he was "always a closet heterosexual". Reuters

A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016. David Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits "Ziggy Stardust" and "Space Oddity", has died of cancer. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, London after news of the music legend's demise broke on Monday. Thousands mourned his passing all over the world. Reuters

A man holds a 10 Brixton Pounds note, which is adorned with an image of Brixton native David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016. David Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits "Ziggy Stardust" and "Space Oddity", has died of cancer. The Brixton Pound is an alternative currency which can be used in businesses in the south London neighbourhood. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A man holds a 10 Brixton Pounds note, which is adorned with an image of Brixton native David Bowie. The Brixton Pound is an alternative currency which can be used in businesses in the south London neighbourhood. Reuters

A painting by David Bowie is set up for the upcoming David Bowie exhibition in Berlin, May 14, 2014. David Bowie's intensely productive Berlin period - when he made the iconic albums "Heroes" and "Low", launched Iggy Pop's solo career and kicked a drug habit - is the theme of a new show adapted from last year's sold-out exhibition in London. The exhibition runs from May 20 till August 10 in the German capital. Reuters

A painting by David Bowie is seen in an exhibition in Berlin. David Bowie's intensely productive Berlin period - when he made the iconic albums "Heroes" and "Low", launched Iggy Pop's solo career and kicked a drug habit - is the theme of a new show. Reuters

A variety of stage costumes worn by musician David Bowie are seen at the "David Bowie is" Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London March 20, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A variety of stage costumes worn by musician David Bowie are seen at the "David Bowie is" Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Bowie's music and outrageous costumes, makeup and bright orange hair had taken the pop world by storm. Reuters