David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died “peacefully” and was surrounded by family.
The statement read: “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
No more details were provided.
Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album called “Blackstar.”
Tributes are pouring in for singer David Bowie, with politicians, clerics, actors and an astronaut offering their recollections of the late star.
British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted his sadness from outer space aboard the International Space Station, while London Mayor Boris Johnson said “No-one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC on Monday that he became a fan during Bowie’s early rise to prominence.
“I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ’70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had,” Welby said. “Extraordinary person.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais, who persuaded his idol to appear on his television show, “Extras,” wrote on Twitter: “I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.”
The British Prime Minister tweeted Monday that he had grown up listening to and watching Bowie.
He called the singer a “master of reinvention” and a pop genius who kept on getting it right.