The musician David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed on Twitter by his son, Duncan Jones, as well as his publicists.
Bowie was an active performer over the course of nearly five decades. He began his career in 1967 with a self-titled debut, and then released the single Space Oddity in 1969.
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
That was followed up a string of successful albums in the 1970s, including Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Diamond Dogs, Heroes, Young Americans and Station to Station.
Success also continued in the 1980s with singles including Let’s Dance, Modern Love and Under Pressure, his collaboration with Queen.
Bowie had released his most recent album, Blackstar, last week, his 31st studio record.
In a statement on his web site, circulated on his Facebook page, Bowie had been battling cancer for 18 months.
A tribute concert had been planned for later this March at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and his work is currently being featured in a play in New York called Lazarus, according to a report from The New York Times.
— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) January 11, 2016
Bowie was 69 years old.