David Bowie
Angie Bowie was 19 when she married David Bowie in 1970, two years after meeting him at a gig at The Roundhouse in London Getty

David Bowie's ex-wife has claimed that the Starman hit-maker once tried to kill her by throttling her neck with his bare hands. Angie Bowie, 66, said David was in a drug-fuelled rage when the incident occurred. It has been widely reported that David was addicted to cocaine in the late 1970s.

"David was high. I questioned Corinne (David's assistant and one-time lover) rather sharply about the amount of baggage she had assembled for a trip to Jamaica, where David was going to record," Angie said, according to news.com.au. "She snapped at me, so I snapped back at her: 'Don't you dare talk to me like that.' Suddenly David hurtled across the room," she said.

"He grabbed my throat with both hands and started squeezing. He was blindly angry, yelling at me as he tightened his grip, and I started panicking," Angie said. "It didn't feel as if he was going to stop. Corinne pulled him off and saved me. So it's possible that I owe her my life. The fact that she did save me must have p***ed her off afterwards."

"I'm sure she would have rather let him go on and do it but she must have known she would have to deal with the consequences," she added. "It was an awful thing to happen. I hate the thought of it."

Angie met David at a gig at The Roundhouse in London in 1968. She immediately fell in love David and married him in 1970 when she was just 19 years old. He is believed to have told her before they married: "I don't love you".

"I was falling hopelessly in love," Angie wrote for The Sunday Mail, adding that "though I could see my main potential to him was as a nurse, housekeeper, creative ally and business adviser. I thought, 'Well it's going to have to be business for me too because it's not going to work any other way.' But my heart... he was so, so attractive." However, 10 years into their marriage, their relationship broke down and eventually they parted ways.

David Bowie was 69 years old when he passed away on 10 January 2016 after battling cancer for 18 months.