MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has paid tribute to David Bowie, who died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday. Sixx said in a statement: “Bowie not only inspired me as a songwriter but inspired me to add layers to my creativity as an artist.
“People are meant to evolve. It’s a natural part of life, but so many artists become stagnant. Bowie showed us that it’s not only important to evolve as artists but mandatory. Funny thing is what David was doing all along was teaching us to expect more from ourselves and never settle for less that extraordinary. Proving all along he was the teacher and we were all just his students. He taught us well.
“Bowie was my hero and always will be.”
According to reports from insiders in the David Bowie camp, the music legend died from liver cancer, after suffering from a handful heart attacks in recent years.
Bowie died on January 10 following a private 18-month battle against the disease. Stage director Ivo van Hove, who had been working with Bowie on his musical “Lazurus” — which is running in Manhattan’s New York Theatre Workshop through January 17 — revealed to The Independent that he knew Bowie was ill for “about a year.”
Bowie biographer Wendy Leigh went on to tell the BBC that musician’s recent health woes were actually quite extensive. “He didn’t just battle cancer,” she said. “He had six heart attacks in recent years. I got this from somebody very close to him.”