“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” the statement read. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
According to Rolling Stone, “He made his last singing appearance onstage in 2006, where he dueted with Alicia Keys. During this time, he also sang on records by TV on the Radio, Scarlett Johansson and Arcade Fire.”
His hits included songs such as “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance”, “Where Are We Now?”, “Under Pressure”, and “Rebel, Rebel”.
While Bowie was known for his music, he was also involved in a lot of TV shows and movies, and will be best remembered on screen for his roll as Jareth the Goblin King in 1986’s Labyrinth.
David Bowie’s son Duncan confirmed the news via Twitter this morning as well.
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
Since the announcement, stars across music and tv media have said their words over Twitter and Facebook:
Bowie’s producer and friend Tony Visconti wrote “He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.”
Brian Eno wrote “Words cannot express… rest in peace David Bowie”.
Madonna tweeted “Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever!”
Kanye West said “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”
It’s a sad, sad day, and an awful beginning to 2016. Rest in Peace, Mr Bowie.