David Bowie dead at 69 after battle with cancer

British musician David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a private battle with cancer.

A statement posted to his website and social media channels said the singer had died after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with...

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, 10 January 2016

His son, director Duncan Jones, posted a short message to Twitter confirming the news.

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

Bowie had his first major hit with "Space Oddity" in 1969. The song was later rereleased as a single in 1973, reaching No. 15 on the billboard chart and No. 16 in Canada.

Known as a pioneer of glam rock, and equally comfortable reinventing himself as an artist, Bowie would change musical styles throughout the years.

His androgynous persona of Ziggy Stardust created in the early 1970s would give way to the Thin White Duke on the album Station to Station.

His career was also marked with high-profile and successful collaborations with other artists.

He performed a duet with British stadium band Queen on "Under Pressure," wrote the song "Fame" with John Lennon and more recently collaborated with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame on "I'm Afraid of Americans."

His latest album "Blackstar" was released on Jan. 8.


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