From The New York Times today:
"David Bowie, his generation’s standard-bearer for rock music as theater, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday. He had cancer. He released his 25th album, “Blackstar,” on Friday and has a show, “Lazarus,” running Off Broadway. He’ll be honored at Carnegie Hall with a concert on March 31." Watch Cher and David Bowie in 1975.
Cher tweeted: “DEVASTATED…A LEGEND IS GONE”
Singer Natalie Cole and television star Wayne Rogers also both died on December 31.
Most remember Wayne Rogers from the show M*A*S*H although I was also a fan of his show with Lynn Redgrave, House Calls. Cher fans will remember him from multiple appearances on the Cher show. See him to the right with Raquel Welch, Cher and Tatum O'Neal.
Cher tweeted about Natalie Cole:
"NATALIE COLE …..A VOICE FROM HEAVEN HAS BEEN CALLED HOME."
And I know they say these celebrity passings come in threes, but we actually had four over the holiday. Pat Harrington, Jr. (who played Schneider on the show One Day at a Time) also died January 6.
We are losing a lot of 70s icons!
As you may know, one particular supermarket rag was once again hastening Cher's demise on its cover last week. It's the third alarming "Cher is dying" report since the illness that cancelled her tour in 2014. It is just a tabloid story but still...it can't help but make you feel nervous. David Bowie, at 69, is just a little over a year younger than Cher.