Obituary: David Bowie

Rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month-long battle with cancer, according to his son and to his official Facebook page.

David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer, the statement read.

While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

His son Duncan Jones tweeted: Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.

Born David Jones in London in 1947, Bowie enjoyed a string of worldwide hits from the late 1960s onwards.

Known for albums including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Hunky Dory, he established himself as one of music’s most innovative performers.

On Saturday, Bowie marked his 69th birthday with the release of a new album, Blackstar, with critics giving the thumbs up to the latest work in a long and innovative career.

The album features only seven songs, but Britain’s Guardian newspaper called it a spellbinding break with Bowie’s past.

The singer, songwriter, actor and artist had returned to the music scene after 2013’s chart-topping The Next Day, itself released after a 10-year gap — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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