David Bowie, the talented and innovative musician known for changing his androgynous looks just as often as he changed styles and genres, has passed away after an 18-month long battle with cancer. He was 69.
In a statement, representative Steve Martin confirmed the tragic news early Monday, stating that Bowie died “peacefully” surrounded by family.
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” the statement read. No further details were provided.
News of Bowie’s death comes as a shock, as his cancer battle was kept private. The musician recently celebrated his 69th birthday on Jan. 8 and just released a new album, Blackstar, the same day. Understandably, the news has sparked an outpouring of grief and support from fans and fellow musicians around the world.
Bowie’s son from his first wife Angela, the film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a picture of himself with his father from the 1970s with the caption, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true.”
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
Born Davy Jones on Jan. 8, 1947 in Brixton, England, Jones changed his name to David Bowie in the 1960s and rose to prominence in 1969 thanks to the success of his seminal hit “Space Oddity.” He would go onto have one of the most successful solo careers in popular music, spanning six decades and 28 albums. Ever restless, Bowie challenged himself and his listeners by continuously changing his sound and style.
Bowie is survived by his second wife Iman, his son Duncan, and daughter Alexandria.
(via CBC News)