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David Bowie passed away Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Memorials have sprung up in Brixton where David was born as well as his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and outside his home in New York City. Fans continue to pay tribute to the rock legend and show their appreciation for the artist.
The news was confirmed on social media with a message on the artist’s Facebook page late Sunday night.
“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.”
David’s son, Duncan Jones, also confirmed via Twitter.
Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
David’s passing came just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 26th studio album Blackstar.
His first, self-titled, debut album was released in 1967 but it was Space Oddity in 1969 that really made an impact.
His Best of Bowie album includes some of his greatest hits including, “Ziggy Stardust,” “Heroes,” “China Girl,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Under Pressure,” and “Modern Love” among many, many others.
David was ranked 39th on Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest Artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
More than a unique and experimental pop-star, David also had a love of film both on screen and behind the scenes.
He started acting in 1967 but his first big on-screen role was an alien in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. David’s imagination and charisma landed him many memorable roles thereafter including Jareth the Goblin King from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
David Bowie is survived by his children Duncan and Alexandria as well as his wife Iman.