Leo Rodia Obituary, Death – We regret to notify you of the passing of Leo Rodia, the creator of our organization; without him, none of this would be possible. It is with a sad heart that we must share this news with you. Leo lost his long-fought fight with disease on March 31st, 2023, and passed away shortly thereafter.
When I think about how rapidly Leo worked to make Bowieontape a reality, my fingers still bleed; the entire project was conceived of, made, and published online in fewer than six months. I still bleed when I think about how quickly Leo worked. Leo possessed a great amount of drive, especially when I consider the rate at which he worked to make it happen.
He was an authentic David Bowie fan, and as a result, he was familiar with both the music and the experience of growing up as a David Bowie fan in the same era as David Bowie. It was from experiences like this that he gleaned both his ideas and his passion.
It is a great loss that he passed away at such a young age because he was a brilliant drummer (anyone who saw him perform on Hawaii 5-0 will attest to this), music producer, cyclist, and all-around lovely man. It is tragic that he passed away at such a young age. It is unfair that he was taken away from us so soon after he had reached the point in his life where he was getting the most out of living life itself.