How The Front Covers Of The World’s Press Marked The Passing Of David Bowie

On January 11 2016 the world awoke to the death of pop genius David Bowie, who had consistently innovated and changed the face of pop culture over the course of an unparalleled five-decade career. Here’s how the world’s press celebrated his life.


Our own tribute, out tomorrow (January 15) uses a striking image of Bowie from the early ’80s.


The Independent opted for stark black-and-white. That piercing gaze is one we are unlikely to forget.


The Yorkshire Evening Post recalls the time Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust at the Kirkstall Rolarena in 1973, touching down in then-humdrum Leeds as if he’d actually come from space.



The Chicago newspaper RedEye is aimed at 18-34-year-olds and opted for a cover that shares the youthful vim and vigour Bowie retained throughout his entire life.


One of the more eye-catching cover images was published by tbt, a freesheet distributed in Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, who opted for this magnificent illustration. Like The Metro, it eulogises Bowie with his own ‘Space Oddity’ lyrics.


Público, the Portuguese newspaper, remembers Bowie at his most expressionistic, accompanying the image with lyrics from ‘Lazarus’: “Look up here, I’m in Heaven”.


The Slovakian title Denník took a sombre approach, using the album art from Bowie’s 25th studio album ‘Blackstar’, released just days before his death, which many have come to consider his parting gift.



The Guardian went for a sophisticated, understated approach, emphasising the man’s elegance.