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Bowie and Rickman pass away at 69

At the start of the new year, David Bowie and Alan Rickman died at 69 from cancer.

Both of these men were well known for their achievements in the art industry: Bowie for his music and Rickman for his acting.

Bowie, surrounded by his family, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to his official Facebook page.

On his Facebook page, it asked to respect the family’s privacy. No other details were provided.

“I just know that he did a lot in music,” said Matt Gunneol, a senior studying sociology. “I know people liked him in the Goblin King. I never watched Labyrinth, but I’ve heard good things about it, and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about him.”

Bowie was born Jan. 8, 1947, according to IMDB, the Internet Movie Database.

Bowie’s given name was David Jones, but in the 1960s he changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees, according to IMDB.

Alan Rickman, a commonly known British actor, passed away from cancer at the age of 69 Jan. 14, according to The Associated Press.

“Alan Rickman died?” said Jared Munoz, a sophomore studying nursing. “Are you freaking kidding me?”

Muñoz said Rickman was one of the best villains. He said his role in Die Hard was amazing.

Rickman was born Feb. 21, 1946, in Hammersmith, London, England, into a working class family, according to The New York Times.

“Trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish,” according to the AP.

Many know Bowie’s hit songs, one being “Space Oddity,” and his albums such as “Young Americans,” according to Bloomberg Business. Other hits of Bowie’s include “Fame,” “Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” according to AP.

On Bowie’s birthday, Jan. 8, two days before his death, Bowie released his new album, Blackstar, according to the AP.

Along with the new album, Bowie released a music video on Jan. 8 for his new song “Lazarus,” according to the AP. In it, Bowie is lying in bed singing the song which begins with, “Look up here. I’m in heaven,” according to the AP.

Many know Rickman from the Harry Potter series as Professor Snape, according to BBC News. He was also known for his roles in Die Hard as Hans Gruber, Alice in Wonderland as Blue Caterpillar and Sense and Sensibility as Colonel Brandon, according to IMDB.

Hannah Jenkins, a sophomore studying elementary education, said she and her family were huge fans of Harry Potter.

“I was so, so sad,” Jenkins said of Rickman’s passing.

Jenkins and her roommates, in rembrance of Rickman, have made plans to watch movies Rickman acted in.

Many tweeted about Bowie’s passing. His name was a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook.

“I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie,” David Cameron, the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, said on Twitter. “He was a master of the re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.”

“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie,” the Rolling Stones said on Twitter. “As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”

The Rolling Stones, according to All Music, pioneered the kind of music that now defines what hard rock is.

“Im Devastated!” Madonna said on Twitter. “This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! R.IP. #rebelheart.”

Madonna said Bowie inspired her career and helped her realize that being different was okay, according to People.

“It came as a shock,” said Tiana Ceseña, a senior studying elementary education. “I thought he was going to outlive us all. He has amazing music for all my moods and never cared what people thought about him. I’m sad he’s gone.”

Many tweets about Rickman’s skill as an actor and how he will be missed trended on Twitter.

“There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death,” J.K. Rowling said on Twitter. “He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.”

Rowling also tweeted, “My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

Along with Twitter, Rickman’s name was trending on Facebook.

“So sad to have such as amazing and talented actor pass away but I’m sure he fought cancer hard,” said Ana Matson, a senior studying dance, on Facebook. “RIP Alan Rickman. You’re a legend, my friend #always.”

“So sad! He meant so much and played an enormous role in my childhood memories,” Kaeli Pitcher, a junior studying exercise physiology, posted on Facebook. “Rest in peace. Always.”

Several people have been reposting a quote from Rickman that he said after filming the Harry Potter series.

“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter,” Rickman said. “And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I will say, ‘Always.’”

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