"He helped to bring down the Wall": Germany Mourns David Bowie's Death


Legendary musician David Bowie died from cancer on Sunday, 11th January, at the age of 69. He was renowned for his innovative musical career spanning four decades. Germany has felt his death particularly keenly, as it was here that Bowie wrote and recorded some of his most career-defining hits.

In 1976, Bowie moved to West Berlin and was often seen riding his bicycle from his apartment (which he shared with Iggy Pop) on Hauptstraße to the Hansa Tonstudio on Köthener Str. near Potsdamer Platz.

The three albums he produced by 1979 are known as his 'Berlin trilogy' - Low, Heroes and Lodger. It was during this time, that Bowie released one of his most popular singles, 'Heroes', in which two lovers are split by the Berlin Wall.

After news of Bowie's death broke, Germans reacted with shock and sadness.

"David Bowie, dead? You could hardly believe it," wrote the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

The German foreign office tweeted: "Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall."

Shortly after the news was announced, Berliners began laying candles at the singer's former home in the Schöneberg district of the capital and flowers outside the Hansa Tonstudio, where he recorded his Berlin Trilogy.

"There wasn't just an exceptional musical connection. [Bowie] belonged to us and we're proud of that," Berlin's mayor, Michael Müller, said.