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Berlin is to honour David Bowie with a plaque outside the house where he lived in the 1970s

Berlin is to honour David Bowie with a plaque placed outside the apartment where he lived in the 1970s.

File photo dated 19/06/87 of David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
File photo dated 19/06/87 of David Bowie, who died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Image by PA Wire

Bowie lived in the Schoneberg neighbourhood in a flat he shared with rock legend Iggy Pop at 155 Haupstrasse. The Berlin cultural authority announced that the plaque will be fitted to the outside of the building by the end of this year. The move comes after a Change.org petition to have the entire street named after the singer received over 12,000 signatures. But the district management representatives were forced to disappoint fans. There’s a law in Berlin that means that a person has to be dead for over five years before they can be honoured with a street name.

David Bowie, who is writing a stage show based on his 1976 science-fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth.
David Bowie, who died earlier this year. Image by Yui Mok/PA Wire

Speaking to The Local, Reinhold Kleber, who runs the David Bowie fanzine davidbowie.de, said he’d voted to have the street name changed. “I’ve been a fan since 1970, and I live in Schöneberg near his former flat. Naturally everyone who has lost a hero wants to see him suitably honoured. One can be satisfied with the plaque at first and stay focused for the street street name [if it can happen at a later point.]” he said.

The legendary pop icon died in January aged 69, a couple of weeks after his last album had been released.