Music legend David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69 after a 18 month battle with cancer.
The new of singer's passing was announced by his film director son, Duncan Jones, in a statement released on Bowie’s official social media accounts.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said.
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
The statement went on to say: "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief." Duncan Jone’s confirmed the news from his own Twitter account, adding that he would be “offline for a while”
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
Tributes from artists, musicians and politicians from around the world have been made across social media as the world bids farewell to the man who once said “I don’t know where I’m going from here. But I promise that it won’t be boring.”
I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
One the greatest rock star legends of our lives....David Bowie has died...such a desperate loss..creative genius .....pause to remember...
— Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was the Picasso of Pop: an innovating, visionary, restless artist. He was the ultimate, ever-changing Post Modernist. Sad day. — Will Gompertz (@WillGompertzBBC) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie — Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016