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David Bowie Dies After 18-Month Cancer Battle

The singer celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday when he released his 29th album called Blackstar.

07:14, UK, Monday 11 January 2016

David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, the singer's son has confirmed.

Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

Statements were posted on the star's official Facebook and Twitter accounts saying the star died on Sunday.

They read: "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."

Bowie released his 29th album, called Blackstar, on Friday 8 January, to coincide with his 69th birthday.

The Starman singer was famously very private and there had been rumours about his health for years.

Bowie's ex-wife Angie Bowie is currently a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.

Paying tribute to the singer on Twitter, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, who convinced his long-time idol Bowie to star as himself - and ridicule Gervais - in an episode of 2006 sitcom Extras, wrote simply: "I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."

Bowie made a surprise comeback in 2013 when he suddenly released a new single on his 66th birthday with an album out just weeks later, his first for 10 years.

Bowie was awarded a Grammy lifetime achievement award in February 2006 and his final performance on stage was later that year when he sang alongside Alicia Keys at the Black Ball in New York.

R. I. P David Bowie

It's true but very hard to believe let alone accept. Today I lost another of my heroes. R.I.P. David.

Thanks for all the joy you brought to me and all the world!

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