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David Bowie dies at 69

glam rock icon passes away

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David Bowie has died early Monday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

“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’s numerous social media accounts posted. 

Bowie’s son, David Jones, confirmed the news via his Twitter posting a photo of himself as a child with his father.

“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true,” Jones wrote. “I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

The legendary singer’s representative Steve Martin says that Bowie died “peacefully” surrounded by family, according to the Associated Press. 

Bowie, whose real name was David Jones, was married to actress and model Mary Angela Bowie from 1970-1980 from whom he had one son. He had been married to model Iman since 1992 and they had one daughter Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones.

Bowie’s latest album “Blackstar” was released on Friday, the same day as his 69th birthday.

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