Music legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer.
His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on his social media accounts.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
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
Duncan added on his personal twitter. “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
David Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, south London, on 8 January in 1947. He changed his name in 1966.
Bowie was in several bands before he signed with Mercury Records. They released his album Space Oddity in 1969, with the title track becoming his first UK number one.
His breakthrough then came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
His career spanned six decades.
Bowie’s hits include Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars.
He also starred in many movies along with memorable cameo roles such as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige, Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth and Andy Warhol in Basquiat.
The Star’s Birthday was only last Friday. He celebrated his birthday with the release of his last album, Black Star.
Tributes have come in from across the world of entertainment.
“Words cannot express… rest in peace David Bowie”. Brian Eno
“As I’m sure you can imagine I’m gutted hearing of David’s passing. He was the biggest influence & encouragement I could ever have wished for.” Rick Wakeman
“Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!” Madonna
“David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.” Kanye West
“I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.” Ricky Gervais
“He wasn’t just a brilliant songwriter and an amazing creator, he excelled at everything. “He gave us the point to run towards, we are all still trying to run towards that, everyone.” Midge Ure
“If you’re sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.” Simon Pegg
“Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever.” Eddie Izzard
“Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many.” British astronaut Tim Peake
“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.” Prime Minister David Cameron
“Life On Mars comes flowing back into my mind,” he said. “Wonderful song, wonderful guy.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
David is survived by wife Iman, son Duncan and daughter Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Zahra Jones.