David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

After a private 18-month battle with cancer, David Bowie has died at the age of 69.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news, issuing a statement on his social media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today 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,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

Along with the Beatles, Stones and Elvis Presley, Bowie defined what pop music could and should be. He brought art to the pop party, infusing his music and performances with the avant-garde ideas of Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

David Bowie was the Picasso of pop. He was an innovative, visionary, restless artist: the ultimate ever-changing postmodernist.

The singer only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.

His son wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Details of his cancer have not been released. He died on January 10.

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