David Bowie died “peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” his Facebook page shared in a post dated January 10. The legendary musician, who released his last studio album Blackstar just days ago on his birthday, was 69 years old.
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” the Facebook posting continued.
Born David Jones on January 8, 1947 in London, England, Bowie adopted his stage name in the mid-60s, and by the early 70s had risen to international fame with albums like The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and Diamond Dogs.
Over the course of his decades-long career, the singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer and style icon made over two dozen albums, including platinum releases Let’s Dance (1983) and Tonight (1984). Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
From his 1969 breakthrough “Space Oddity” to glam classics like “Ziggy Stardust” to his late 70s trilogy of collabs with Brian Eno (Low, Heroes, and Lodger) to his early 80s hit “Let’s Dance” and up through his final release just days before his death, Bowie remained a genius musical innovator. He not only changed and shaped the course of rock and roll, he influenced generations of musicians.
Bowie is survived by his wife, supermodel Iman; his daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones; and his son, Duncan Jones, from his first marriage.