He was known for his extraordinary musical talent.
But David Bowie's voracious sexual appetite was also widely documented.
The rock legend's relentless romantic adventures saw him bed an array of partners - both men and women - in the decades before his death, according to a book published last year.
He reportedly engaged in relationships with Elizabeth Taylor, Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger, Susan Sarandon and Ola Hudson - the mother of Guns 'N Roses guitarist, Slash.
But he also had rumored sexual relations with men, including The Rolling Stones star, Mick Jagger.
Angie recently admitted on Celebrity Big Brother how she was late to her wedding to Bowie because she was caught up in a threesome - involving the groom
Other parts of Bowie's erotic journey saw him engage in a threesome with his ex-wife Angie Bowie on the day of their wedding - something the former model recently admitted to on TV.
And he disputed his own claims, in separate interviews, that he was both gay and bisexual.
In her 2014 biography, Bowie , author Wendy Leigh describes how Bowie was only ready to settle down with his second wife, Iman, after satisfying his large sexual appetite.
She says he and Angie, who was a 19-year-old student when they first met, "were notorious about weaving a sexual web around those who took their fancy", according to the New York Daily News.
While Bowie was an aspiring musician from the London suburb of Bromley who was "adept at playing" the capital's "gay elite", Angie was a notorious hedonist, Leigh writes.
Angie herself recently admitted on Celebrity Big Brother how she was late to her wedding to Bowie because she was caught up in a threesome - involving the groom.
"We were both late," she claimed, not revealing who the third person was.
Angie - who was married to the rocker for 10 years - described him as a 'bisexual alleycat'.
In her autobiography Backstage Passes: Life On The Wild Side With David Bowie , published 11 years before Leigh's book, she writes of the first night she slept with Bowie.
"That night I was introduced in no uncertain fashion to one essential aspect of David Bowie’s character: the man is a stud and proud of it," she says.
She adds: "He was a rotten boyfriend at first, or at least not the one I wanted him to be.
"I was still at the age when a girl assumes her lover is going to be nice to her even if he isn’t faithful (or in David’s case, even if he has the instincts of a bisexual alleycat).
"But David was cold."
At one point, Angie reportedly caught Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together.
However, she says in her book that there was a "turning point" when her lover started acting in a kind and sensitive manner and revealed personal elements of his past to her.
She also got a glimpse of his music genius - and immediately realised he was special, she says.
"This was a special man, different and great, one in a million or more," she writes.
According to Leigh's book, Angie had an “uncanny ability to bring home the most free-spirited girls” willing to make themselves available to both herself and Bowie at their home.
A year after the couple married in 1970, they had a son together, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones.
Then, in 1972, Bowie's portrayal of a doomed bisexual alien rock star, Ziggy Stardust, propelled him to global stardom.
Bowie and Ziggy, wearing outrageous costumes, makeup and bright orange hair, took the rock world by storm.
That year, Bowie said he was gay in an interview in the Melody Maker newspaper.
But four years later, he told Playboy that he was sexually interested in both men and women, declaring: "It's true - I'm bisexual."
However, in the eighties, he told Rolling Stone magazine that the declaration was "the biggest mistake I ever made", and that he was "always a closet heterosexual".
According to Leigh's book, one of Bowie's male lovers, his assistant Tony Zanetta, said the star was "sensual and narcissistic" in bed and seemingly wanted to be "adored".
Leigh also claims that cocaine use enhanced Bowie's sexual appetite and over the decades, he reportedly engaged in relations with Taylor, Faithfull and Bianca Jagger, among others.
A host of famous faces also paid tribute to the musician as news of his death broke, including Kristin Chenoweth, Kanye West, Madonna, Marc Almond, Gene Simmons and Tim Peake.
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss."
London Mayor Boris Johnson added: "Terrible news to hear Brixton born David Bowie has died. No one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius."