British music legend David Bowie has died aged 69, following an 18 month battle with cancer.
His death comes just after the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar.
January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, London and became famous worldwide due to his iconic music and various alter egos he portrayed on stage, such as Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.
During his 1978 World Tour, Bowie stopped off in Kenya in March before departing for Heathrow Airport and then flying on to the States for rehearsals.
He is survived by his wife Iman, whom he married in 1992; their daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones; and son Duncan Jones, by first wife Mary Angela Barnett. Jones confirmed his father’s passing on Twitter last night.
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
Public figures and celebrities have expressed their sadness at his passing, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian Ricky Gervais.
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.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016