British singer-songwriter and glam rock icon David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after battling cancer for 18 months.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the singer’s official social media accounts.
January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle... https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
Bowie had turned 69 just two days ago. He is survived by two children, film director Duncan Jones and Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones and wife Iman.
One of the most influential musical artistes of his generation, Bowie is known for his camelion-like qualities as a performer that often blurred the lines between genders in an illustrious career that spanned four decades.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
The musician, whose full name was David Robert Jones, was born in Brixton, UK on January 8, 1947.
Tributes are pouring in from all over the world
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
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.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016
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