His official Facebook and Twitter accounts released a statement. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," the post, Jan. 10, read. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."
A rep for Bowie confirmed the news of the English singer's passing to The Hollywood Reporter and his 44-year-old son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, tweeted the message, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."
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
Bowie is also survived by his wife of 24 years, supermodel Iman (below, right). The couple married in 1992 and are parents to Alexandria Zahra Jones, 15. (Duncan is Bowie's son from a previous marriage.)
Along with marking his 69th birthday last Friday, Bowie had also dropped a new album, Blackstar—the final stepping stone of a colorful decades-long career that saw countless musical reinventions and produced unforgettable personas such as Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane.