Legendary singer David Bowie dies after 18-month battle with cancer

English artist David Bowie diesd at the age of 69. (Facebook)

Legendary artist David Bowie - English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor - lost his battle with cancer.

David Bowie's official Facebook page put out a statement:

"January 10 2016 - 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."

Pop star David Bowie performs at the 1999 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto in this September 23, 1999 file photo.  Reuters

Bowie's son Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: 'Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.'

Bowie just celebrated his 69th birthday, released an album, 'Blackstar,' and had a show, 'Lazarus,' running Off Broadway.

He was to be honored at Carnegie Hall with a concert featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats. The concert, presented by Michael Dorf, who runs City Winery, was to take place on March 31.

Bowie'Rock singer David Bowie (R) is shown with his wife Iman (L) with a crowd of Bowie's fans behind them prior to ceremonies honouring Bowie with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in this February 12, 1997 file photo. Reuters

Bowie' breakthrough came in 1972 with 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust' and the 'Spiders From Mars'.
 
Then came his first major American crossover success 'Fame', followed by the 1976 avant-garde art-rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured Top 10 hit 'Golden Years.'
 
Other memorable songs included 1983's 'Let’s Dance' — his only other No. 1 US hit — 'Space Oddity,' 'Heroes,' 'Changes,' 'Under Pressure,' 'China Girl,' 'Modern Love,' 'Rebel, Rebel,' 'All the Young Dudes,' 'Panic in Detroit,' 'Fashion,' 'Life on Mars' 'Suffragette City' and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.

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