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.
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.
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: