Iconic pop star David Bowie has died, aged 69.
“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,” a post announced on his official Facebook page.
The news ends some five decades of ground-breaking music from the British singer born David Robert Jones.
His hits include such songs as Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel, Life on Mars, Let’s Dance, Fame, Golden Years and Suffragette City.
Bowie’s songs have appeared on numerous film and television soundtracks, notably Life on Mars.
He also made acting appearances in films including Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Prestige, Zoolander, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
His TV credits included The Hunger, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Full Credit, SpongeBob SquarePants, Baal, Dream On and Extras.
On stage he won raves for The Elephant Man.
A master of re-invention and androgyny, he only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday, but there had been rumours about his health for years.
Bowie’s last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.