Sadly, we have lost two incredibly talented men early on in this new year. On January 10, beloved singer, songwriter and complete innovator, David Bowie had lost his eighteen month battle with liver cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by loved ones in his New York City home. At just 22, Bowie landed his first hit song “Space Oddity” that landed in the top five of the U.K. Singles Chart. Throughout the 1970’s-80’s, Bowie became known for pushing creative boundaries in the industry. Just days before his death, he released his final album, Blackstar on his 69th birthday. His music was a gift to us all.
Tragically, we have lost another great talent. On January 14, also at the young age of 69, actor Alan Rickman had died after his long battle with cancer. He was best known for his roles in Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Although Rickman was infamous for his roles in the Harry Potter films, he was a true man of theatre. He has written his own plays, as well as directed. He too, will be truly missed.
Two tragic losses in such a short amount of time, all due to cancer. If you are thinking about donating to cancer charities on behalf of a loved one or just because you have a passion for wanting to see the disease wiped out, please do your research first. Here at Charity Navigator, you can find multiple four and three star charities working to end the fight against cancer.