David Bowie dead at 69 after cancer battle
Singer's latest album Blackstar was released just last week
David Bowie, the iconic and shape-shifting musician, actor and performer who profoundly shaped popular culture and fashion in a career spanning five decades, has died after an 18-month cancer battle.
Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family.
"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief," the statement read. No more details were provided.
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Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones (from his first wife, Angela), confirmed the death on Twitter with a picture with his father in the 1970s, saying "Very sorry and sad to say it's true."
Bowie married model Iman in 1992, with a daughter born to the couple in 2000.
The genre-smashing singer, songwriter, performer and producer was hailed as "a musical hero to millions" as well as a "Renaissance man and visionary artist," by the U.S. Recording Academy, which administers the Grammy Awards, on Monday.
"[Bowie] is remembered and celebrated today for his audacious approach to pushing creative boundaries and ability to reinvent himself time and time again, changing the course of pop music in the process. David was a true original who influenced so many and his art will live on forever. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, creative collaborators and to all of David's fans across the globe," said academy president Neil Portnow.
Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday on Jan. 8 and marked the occasion by releasing his latest album, Blackstar.