David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after battling cancer for 18 months. The music legend's rep confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.
RIP David Bowie pic.twitter.com/o2OLdMm4fv
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"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 statement posted on Bowie's official social media accounts reas.
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
Born David Jones, Bowie changed his name following the fame of the late Monkees singer Davy Jones.
Demand for a tour has been relentless in recent years, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but David Bowie has kept a very low profile. He opened the rock musical Lazarus in New York City, revisiting the character he played in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie kept an apartment in New York, but was rarely seen.
David Bowie's death has the U.K. in shock. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his condolences.
"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."
PM: 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.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 11, 2016
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, expressed his sadness over David Bowie's passing.
Terrible news to hear Brixton born David Bowie has died. No one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius
— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) January 11, 2016
David Bowie is survived by his wife, the model and designer Iman, as well as a son and a daughter.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 11, 2016
The music world has indeed lost an icon with the passing of David Bowie.