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The world lost a music legend this week when David Bowie passed away. Friends, fans, fellow musicians, and family are mourning the icon on social media accounts after news of his passing, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album Blackstar.

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Bowie has had an impressive career over the last 50+ years, releasing 25 albums appearing in countless films, all of which he has been nominated and has won a list of awards for. It's safe to say that David Bowie has been a source of inspiration and has influenced a number of artists over the years.

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Even if you've been a fan from the beginning, there are facts about David Bowie that you may not already know. Take a look at some surprising facts about the late, great, David Bowie below:

1. He once voiced a character in Spongebob movie SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis

You may know David for his roles in movies like Labrynth, but he once voiced the animated character, King "Lord Royal Highness," in this Spongebob movie. 

2. He was once offered to be knighted by the Queen, but said no

The Queen of England offered David a knighthood in 2003, but he turned the opportunity down. He told The Sun of his decision, "I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don't know what it's for. It's not what I spent my life working for."

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3. His real name David Robert Jones, and changed it to avoid any confusion with The Monkees's Davy Jones.

In response to an American fan asking in 1967, he said of the name change, "In answer to your questions, my real name is David Jones and I don’t have to tell you why I changed it. 'Nobody's going to make a monkey out of you' said my manager."

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4. David and Peter Frampton were friends in school at Bromley Technical High School in London.

A friendship in school led to Frampton playing guitar with Bowie a number of times throughout his career.

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5. Speaking of famous friends, David and Elton John were friends before Elton became famous.  

It is reported that at 17 years old, Bowie (still David Jones at the time) would meet his pal Reginald Kenneth Dwight (Elton John before he was Elton John) at the Soho's Giaconda Cafe to talk about music. 

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Davie Bowie and Elton John in the 1960s.

6. David released the first downloadable single from a major artist ever with "Telling Lies."

Talk about visionary. In 1996, the age of dial-up internet, Bowie made his single "Telling Lies" available for digital download on his own website. 

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7. There is a Malaysian spider named after David Bowie: Heteropoda davidbowie

The Heteropoda davidbowie is a species of huntsman spider, and is covered in bright orange hair. Kind of like Bowie's Halloween Jack persona. 

8. He once went on TV to defend his long hairstyle.

At 17 years old in 1964, David appeared in an interview with the BBC as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men. During the interview, he said, "it's not nice when people call you darling and that."

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9. Bowie had four alter egos: Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, and Tin Machine.

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From left to right: Ziggy Stardust (1971-1973), Halloween Jack (1974), Thin White Duke (1976), and Tin Machine (1989-1992). 

10. His song "Space Oddity" was used by the BBC its its coverage of the moon landing in 1969.

The song became David's first UK hit. 

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