David Bowie Dead at 69

2016-01-12

Story by Anne Erickson

Singer David Bowie has died of cancer

Rock ‘n’ roll leader David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69. The news first came via Bowie’s Facebook page, with a post that stated the musician, “died peacefully … (Sunday) … 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.”

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, tweeted, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.” Jones was Bowie’s son with Bowie’s his first wife, Angie Bowie. David and Angie got a divorce in 1980. Bowie married supermodel Iman in 1992, and the two have one daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones.

Bowie had just turned 69 on Friday and released his 25th album, Blackstar, that same day. He kept his illness close to home, so many fans were surprised to hear of his passing.

Bowie’s musical influence goes well beyond rock ‘n’ roll into punk rock, alternative, new wave, dance and more. His first breakthrough came with 1969’s “Space Oddity.” In total, he has released 25 studio albums.

As an actor, Bowie appeared in a range of films, including “Labyrinth,” “The Hunger,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “A View to a Kill,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Zoolander” and “The Prestige.”