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Legendary Singer David Bowie Dies At 69 After A Long Tortuous Battle With Cancer

Update Date: Jan 12, 2016 10:59 AM EST

David Bowie was a British rock icon whose forty-plus-year career left an influential legacy on the music industry. His eclectic music style transcended the norms and conventions of the time-crossing the traditional boundaries of rock music and innovating it through diverse experimentation with other genres.

The music giant finally succumbed to cancer after braving an 18-month long battle at the age of 69. News of his death was made public through his official Facebook page.

"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," the official statement on his page said as quoted by The Guardian.

Prior to his peaceful demise, the innovative singer-songwriter parted his last gift to fans- Blackstar, the late rockstar's 25th album released on January 8 (his birthday).

Following his breakthrough in 1972 with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Bowie reinvented music by offering an odd cocktail of surreal and often avant-garde themes.

"Like all rock 'n' roll, it was visionary, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse, it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy and it was confusing," said David Byrne of the Talking Heads as mentioned by Fox News.

He broke into the American music scene with major hits like Fame, Space Oddity, Heroes, Changes, Under Pressure, China Girl, Modern Love, Rebel, Rebel, All the Young Dudes, Panic in Detroit, Fashion, Life on Mars, and Suffragette City as stated in an article by The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite being an enormously famous public figure, David Bowie remained extremely private with his affairs. The pop-rock genius reportedly suffered a heart attack sometime in the 2000s. His battle with cancer, however, rarely circulated the news media.

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