David Bowie, an influential musician who also was known for his film work, died Sunday, January 10, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.
The news was announced on Bowie’s official Facebook page, which explained that the star succumbed to cancer after a one-and-a-half-year fight.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” said the post. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, confirmed the news via Twitter, where he expressed his grief.
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 just celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday, January 8, which was the same day that he released his 25th studio album, Blackstar.
Bowie was known for such varied hit songs as “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes” and “Under Pressure,” a collaboration with Queen. He has sold roughly 140 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
He dabbled in Hollywood films, with his starring turn in 1986’s cult hit Labyrinth ranking among his best known roles. He also made a cameo in 2001’s comedy Zoolander.
Bowie is survived by second wife Iman, whom he married in 1992, and by children Duncan and Alexandria Jones. Duncan is a filmmaker who has directed such films as 2011’s Source Code.
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