The 69-year-old’s rep confirmed the shock news to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday afternoon, with statements also being released on the singer’s website and social media pages.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” read the statement. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
David Bowie death announcement via Facebook. Picture: Facebook
The “Modern Love” singer leaves behind his supermodel wife Iman and two children, son Duncan and daughter Alexandria.
Duncan, 44, a director and screenwriter, confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all,” he posted along with a black and white photo of his father holding him as a child.
Gaining extreme popularity in the early ‘70s with the albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Spiders From Mars, Bowie attracted attention and success with his flamboyant looks and performances. During his 40-year-career, he sold an estimated 140 million albums and turned down a knighthood in 2003.
The news comes just three days after his 69th birthday, which he marked with the release of a new album, Blackstar.
The album, which scored positive reviews from critics, was his first since his 2013 smash The Next Day.