David Bowie has died

British musician David Bowie died of cancer on Sunday, aged 69. The European press pays tribute to the chameleon star.

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Heti Válasz (HU) /

Even fatally ill, Bowie showed grandeur

Bowie handled his own serious illness with poise and elegance, commentator András Stumpf writes on the opinion portal Mandiner:

“He talked about it as a great artist does. By God, even that was typical Bowie. In other words: with objectivity and dignity, as if he had said: It's none of your business. I won't give you the chance to pity me and to ask me stupid questions about cancer to which I can only give trite answers. No, I won't have my illness turned into a sensation. I will share only what I wish to share, but I will do so with utmost candidness, without lachrymosity. In this way death is removed from everyday life and elevated to what it is: significant, transcendant, unrepeatable. An aristocratic attitude. As Bowie had.”

Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR Online) (EE) /

A master in growing old gracefully

Rock star David Bowie died on Monday aged 69. In the website of the Estonian broadcaster EE psychologist Kätlin Konstabel describes him as a challenging role model for freedom of expression and free living:

“I realised through these two albums [Earthling and Outside] that this is the right way to grow old - one in which the year of birth is just a number in your passport. … Esprit, mental agility and the desire to experiment - why should these things be reserved for the young? Or for so-called artists? And the courage to look life in the eyes? … No, we can't expect everyone to be seriously ill and bring out a chart-topping album when they are on the brink of death - but we should reflect from time to time on ourselves, on our lives and the meaning of life, regardless of how old we are or what we do for a living. We must have the courage to consciously change. Not only in music but also in life. ”