Singer and actor David Bowie died on Sunday, January 10, 2016 after being diagnosed with cancer 18 month ago. He passed away peacefully and was surrounded by his family, according to a post on his Facebook page.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," the post says. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
Bowie was the face of rock and roll in the 70s as his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, and has sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide. His latest release, Blackstar, only recently came out a few days ago on January 8, 2016. In 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to his music career, Bowie had a strong on screen presence in film, most notably as the Goblin King Jareth in Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
Bowie is survived by his wife, Iman, who he married in 1992 and his son, Moon director Duncan Jones. He was 69 years old.