David Bowie's greatest ads

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The Thin White Duke's legacy includes memorable work for brands like Pepsi, XM Radio and Louis Vuitton

David Bowie, the singer, actor and fashion icon, has died aged 69 after a battle with cancer.

Bowie’s son, the film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning. Jones said his father had died peacefully after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Bowie’s star power was often harnessed in marketing campaigns, as he appeared in ads spanning four decades for brands including Pepsi, Vittel and Louis Vuitton.

1967: Popsicles "ice cream dream"

A fresh-faced Bowie promotes ice cream on a stick, in an ad directed by an up-and-coming director called Ridley Scott.

1987: Pepsi "creation" 

Bowie sings alongside Tina Turner to promote the sugary soft drink.

2001: XM Satellie Radio

Bowie parodies the 1976 movie in which he starred, "The Man Who Fell to Earth," by falling from the sky and crashing through the roof of a motel. He gets up and says, "I’ll never get used to that."

2003: Vittel "a new life everyday" by Ogilvy & Mather Paris 

Nestlé Waters’ Vittel brand produced an ad to come out at the same time as Bowie’s 2003 album Reality. Bowie walks through a house to the soundtrack of the song "Never Get Old" and interacts with different versions of his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. 

2013: Louis Vuitton: "L’invitation au Voyage"

The ad, to promote LV’s Tambour watch and Vivienne bag, stars Bowie alongside Arizona Muse, showing the journey of the Vuitton woman.

This article first appeared on campaignlive.co.uk.

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