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Rock icon David Bowie dies at 69

David Bowie performs at Wembley Arena in London in 1983.
David Bowie performs at Wembley Arena in London in 1983.
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David Bowie performs at Wembley Arena in London in 1983.
Candles, flowers and other momentos are placed on the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Bowie performs at Wembley Arena in London in 1983.
Fans gather at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Bowie performs at Wembley Arena in London in 1983.
People pay their respects at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Iconic rock musician David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. The news was announced in a statement on Bowie's social media sites:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said.

Bowie's death was confirmed by his son Duncan Jones who tweeted, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

The singer released his latest album, "Blackstar," on his birthday on Friday. The New York Times described the album as "typically enigmatic and exploratory."

In a career that spanned decades and incorporated various personas, including Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, Bowie was known for his innovative and wide-ranging musical styles and his highly theatrical stage presentation.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Bowie was his generation's standard-bearer for rock as theater: something constructed and inflated yet sincere in its artifice, saying more than naturalism could. With a voice that dipped down to baritone and leaped into falsetto, he was complexly androgynous, an explorer of human impulses that could not be quantified.

He also pushed the limits of "Fashion" and "Fame," writing songs with those titles and also thinking deeply about the possibilities and strictures of pop renown.

Bowie's popularity hit another peak in the '80s with the release of "Let's Dance." Hit singles from that album included the title track as well as "Modern Love" and "China Girl."

In addition to his musical career, Bowie was an actor, appearing in films including "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "Labyrinth."

Mourning fans are remembering David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Associated Press reported. His star on Hollywood Boulevard became covered with candles, flowers and glitter Monday morning as Los Angeles residents awoke to news of Bowie's death.

Bowie was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 12, 1997. The Hollywood Historic Trust was set to place a wreath at his star on Monday, according to the AP.

Bowie is survived by two children and his wife, the model Iman.

 

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