David Bowie not only wrote some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, he never stopped reinventing himself.

Perhaps Bowie’s most famous incarnation came with the release of his fifth album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” in 1972.

Just four years after the dazzling Ziggy Stardust, Bowie had ditched the extravagant hair, makeup and jumpsuit in favor of a far more restrained white shirt, black waistcoat and blond, slicked-back hair.

By 1975, he was “Living a cocooned existence, disconnected from the real world” in Los Angeles, David Buckley wrote in his 1999 book, “Strange Fascination: David Bowie – The Definitive Story.”

Bowie first announced his penchant for character creation with the 1969 song “Space Oddity,” the story of a fictional astronaut called Major Tom who gets stranded in space.

As well as recording a staggering 25 studio albums, Bowie made several notable forays into the world of cinema.

He is best known for his portrayal of Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy epic “Labyrinth.” The movie’s cult status was cemented with Bowie’s performance of the song “Magic Dance.”