The iconic singer passes away following an 18-month illness, his publicist confirms

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David Bowie has died at the age of 69, it’s been confirmed.

The legendary music star tragically passed away following a battle with cancer, a statement posted on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts reveals.

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‘January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,’ it reads.

‘While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’

The news has since been confirmed by David’s publicist and his film director son Duncan Jones also posted a sad tribute to his father on Twitter this morning featuring a picture of them together when he was young.

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

It comes just days after David released his 29th album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday.

The singer leaves behind model wife Iman and their daughter Alexandria, 15. He also had son Duncan, 44, with first wife Angie. Angie is currently appearing in Celebrity Big Brother.

David was a music icon who was known for his ground-breaking changing image. He broke on to the music scene in the 1970s with his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust alter ego and remained a powerful influence throughout the decades.

His hits included Let’s Dance, Life On Mars, Under Pressure and Rebel, Rebel.

David was also known for his acting work and memorably appeared as an alien in the 1976 sci-fi movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.

More recently he also had cameos in the likes of Zoolander and Ricky Gervais’ series Extras.

In the past few years David kept a low profile and was rarely seen. His last live performance was in 2006 at a New York charity concert, though he continued to make music.

News of his death has come as a shock to many and the tributes continue to pour in – RIP David Bowie.

Anna Francis