Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer. His son confirmed the news and a statement was released on his official social media accounts.
It said “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 singer only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. There had been rumours about Bowie’s health for years. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.
Blackstar, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.
Bowie’s breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. His hits include Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Life on Mars and Suffragette City.