Legendary rock star David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
The news was released via a statement posted on his social media accounts that read, “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.”
The news was also confirmed by his son Duncan Jones on Twitter, who said he will be taking a break from social media.
The rock star who was married to supermodel Iman, was best known for pushing the androgyny lines and recreating the pop/rock sound of the 70s and 80s. Bowie received a huge measure of love and condolences from fans and celebrities alike after the news broke. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Bowie was just 69 years old.
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
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
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
"Time may change me. But you can't trace time." Gosh. David Bowie. One of the greats. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/dJgnDoi1Ua
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 11, 2016