Tragedy in the world of music today. British icon David Bowie has died at age 69 after a long battle with cancer.
Bowie’s son David Jones took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing “Sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while.”
The news was also posted to Bowie’s official Facebook account, stating:
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.
Bowie’s meteoric rise began with his 1969 hit ‘Space Oddity,’ which began a career that spanned nearly five decades.
Since then, he has released 26 studio albums, nine live albums, and three soundtracks.
He holds multiple gold and platinum albums, and is known for smash hits Rebel Rebel, Suffragette City, Life on Mars, Heroes, and Lets Dance, just to name a few.
He also successfully crossed over into Hollywood, appearing in 19 films – including a role as Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, and the Goblin King in Labyrinth.
Bowie’s last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006, but released his most recent album, Blackstar, on his birthday just two days ago.