British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said Monday.
Iconic David Bowie looks:
The iconic musician had turned 69 only on Friday, which coincided with the release of “Blackstar”, his 25th studio album.
A brief statement wasposted to both his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle... https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” it added.
David Bowie timeline:
Jan 8, 1947 – born David Robert Jones in London, England
1962 – formed his first band that plays guitar-based rock and roll at local events
1966 - created stage name: David Bowie
1967 – released his self-titled debut album
1969 – released Space Oddity, which became a UK top five hit. Rose to fame through his jumpsuit-wearing alter ego Ziggy Stardust and another persona, the Thin White Duke.
1972 - released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which peaked at number five in UK
1975 - released Young Americans, which contained his first number one hit in the U.S., "Fame"
1976 – released Station to Station, the highest-charting album of Bowie’s career, peaking at number three in US
Jan 17, 1996 – inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Feb 12, 1997 – received his Hollywood Star of Fame
2014 – released Nothing Has Changed, a compilation album to showcase his entire career
Jan 8, 2016 – released Blackstar, on his 69th birthday
Jan 10, 2016 – dies after an 18-month battle with cancer