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David Bowie dies at age 69 from cancer

Glam rocker David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie died on Sunday (Jan 10th), two days after his birthday and the release of his 25th album, Blackstar.

“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,” a message reads on his Facebook page.

During Bowie’s 40 plus year career, he managed to conquer glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica. The singer is best known for his 1972 breakthrough, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, where he created the alter ego Ziggy Stardust who was a rock star space alien.

Other hits include “Space Oddity,” his first American number one, “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” “Fashion,” “Life on Mars” and “Suffragette City.”

He is survived by his his wife, model Iman, his son, director Duncan Jones, and daughter Alexandria.

His son posted a message with a picture of his smiling father on Twitter , “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Rockers and entertainment icons alike have taken to social media to express their condolences.