World In Shock: Eclectic Singer David Bowie Dead at 69

The world is in mourning upon the news and loss of one of the 20th century’s greatest music icons. According to family and his publicist Steve Martin, David Bowie died Sunday after battling a form of cancer for 18 months.

He was 69.

In a statement released on Bowie’s official social media accounts, the iconic singer and actor passed away surrounded by family after he battled cancer courageously. It also asked the public, although the world was mourning with them, to respect the family’s privacy while they grieved the loss.

No mention of what kind of cancer Bowie had suffered with that ultimately took his life.

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones made the announcement on Twitter to say he was very sorry and that the news of his dad’s death was true. He also said he’d be offline for some time and gave his love to all.

Bowie, whose real name is David Jones, hit the airwaves with “Ziggy Stardust”, his space alien alter ego, and the song, “Space Oddity”. The singer changed his name in order to remove the confusion with The Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones. His first U.S. hit was “Fame”, which was released in 1973.

Bowie was a master of his craft married to music and fashion that a very limited number of artists have been able to perfect. The world regarded him as flamboyant and theatrical. He was able to carry a voice range from baritone to falsetto. His music was a savior to those who were considered misfits to the rest of the world.

Bowie would reinvent himself during the 1980s, beginning with the collaboration with Queen with the song “Under Pressure”. His most successful commercial album – for his look and sound – was “Let’s Dance”. It was also during this time he dabbled in acting with roles in the movies “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and as the Goblin King in “Labyrinth”. He also played on Broadway for “Elephant Man” and had a cameo in various TV shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

Bowie’s mark on the world was certainly eclectic – involving an array of genres from industrial rock, glam rock, progressive rock, warped showtunes, folk-pop, balladeering and hip-hop. He has sold more than 130 million records.

The late singer released “Blackstart”, his latest album on Jan. 8, which happened to be his birthday. It hit no. 1 on the U.K.’s iTunes chart; it was no. 2 for the U.S. The charts are a representation of his appeal even after being involved in the music business for decades.

Bowie leaves behind his wife Iman and two children as well as millions of fans around the world.

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