It was David Bowie’s greatest creation. So why was Ziggy Stardust so brutally killed off?

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably David Bowie’s most important album. Released in 1972, it’s the record that set the mercurial musician on course to become one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. But, just as the character was set to take over the world, Ziggy was no more.

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Why did Bowie decide to end the life of one of his most notable creations?

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