Music legend, David Bowie has tragically died of cancer at the age of 69, it has been confirmed.
A statement was released on his social media accounts earlier this morning, which said: “David Bowie died peacefully today (10th January) 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.”
Bowie’s son, film-maker Duncan Jones, also tweeted in response to the news, stating: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
The influential singer-songwriter and producer enjoyed an eclectic career than spanned more than four decades and transcended the confines of genre, gender and style. His artistic breakthrough came in 1972, with The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars.
The songs that followed as Ziggy evolved into the legend we know and love today, include such classic hits as ‘Life on Mars’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Fame’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Rebel Rebel’, and ‘Fashion’. Bowie also enjoyed a varied acting career, starring in such beloved cult films as The Hunger, Labyrinth and The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Bowie’s 25th and final album, Blackstar, was released two days before his death on 8th January 2016 – his 69th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Iman, and his two children.
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