Music legend David Bowie dies at 69

Published: January 11, 2016
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PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Singer David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, his  publicity company said.

“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,” read a statement on Bowie’s Facebook page dated Sunday.

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Stars, politicians and fans rushed online to pay their respects. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “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.”

Steve Martin from Bowie’s publicity company Nasty Little Man confirmed the Facebook report was accurate. “It’s not a hoax,” he told Reuters.

Bowie, known for hits, including Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust, released his final album Blackstar last week, to mark his 69th birthday.

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Born David Jones, Bowie rose to fame with 1969’s Space Oddity and a bit later through his jumpsuit-wearing alter ego Ziggy Stardust. In the last few years, the chart-topping singer has kept a low profile after undergoing emergency heart surgery in 2004. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.

Many of Bowie’s fans took to Twitter to mourn the death of the legend:

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Marl Brando
    Jan 11, 2016 - 3:38PM

    Time may change me, but I can’t trace time… RIP.Recommend

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