LONDON: David Bowie, the seminal British musician behind such era-defining hits of the 1970s as "Space Oddity", "Young Americans" and "Fame", has died. He was 69.
News of Bowie's death was confirmed on the artist's official Facebook page late Sunday.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," Bowie's family said in a statement.
The androgynous singer and songwriter also appeared in films including "The Man Who Fell to Earth," "The Hunger" and "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence." His latest album, "Blackstar," was released Friday to positive reviews. His son, director Duncan Jones, also tweeted the news.
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 said. – Reuters
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