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British Music Legend David Bowie Dead At 69


David Bowie's 'Parting Gift' Released Days Before His Death
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WATCH: David Bowie's 'Parting Gift' Released Days Before His Death

Legendary British singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

Bowie's official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer."

Bowie, famous for hits such as Space Oddity and Heroes and the character Ziggy Stardust, is survived by two children, Duncan and Alexandria Jones.

"Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while," said Duncan Jones on Twitter.

Bowie, who only released a new album last week, was known as the creator of glam rock and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

His latest album, Blackstar, was released on January 8, although Bowie had rarely performed or been seen in public in recent months.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP