David Bowie Dies At Age Of 69
( 4UMF NEWS ) David Bowie Dies At Age Of 69:
Rock star David Bowie died after a long battle with cancer on Sunday, according to representatives for the family.
He was 69 years old and he had released his 47th album, "Blackstar" on Friday to strong reviews.
Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family, according to the Associated Press. The singer had battled cancer for 18 months.
"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.
Just past midnight on Sunday, Bowie's official Facebook page and Twitter account informed the public that Bowie's battle with cancer came to an end with his death.
Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, England on 1947 and his first hit song was "Space Oddity" in 1969. The song reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. Bowie would go on to reinvent himself throughout the years from his alter ego Ziggy Stardust to the post-apocalyptic Thin White Duke of the mid-1970s. And with his cutting-edge explorations into dance music with "Let's Dance in 1983, European electronic music and even guitar-driven speed metal with the poorly received band Tin Machine, which he fronted in the late 1980s.
The artist's influence spanned many generations and various circles, as was clear from the many responses the news of his death elicited.
Rapper Kanye West said on Twitter, "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."
Fresh from the Global Globes, Ricky Gervais called Bowie his "hero."
Addressing early skepticism of some who believed the news was a trick, Duncan Jones, Bowie's son, said on Twitter, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all." Included was a picture of what appeared to be a younger Bowie with an infant Jones on his shoulders.
Bowie kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s. He made an album three years ago called "The Next Day." It was his first recording in a decade and it was made in secret in New York City.
"Blackstar," which earned positive reviews from critics, represented yet another stylistic shift, as he gathered jazz players to join him.
Bowie was married to international supermodel Iman since 1992.
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that Bowie's death is "a huge loss."
He wrote he had grown up listening to and watching Bowie and called the singer a "master of reinvention" and a pop genius who kept on getting it right.
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