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David Bowie dies, age 69

ICONIC singer-song writer David Bowie has died at age 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. 

The singer died peacefully on Sunday January 10, surrounded by his family. 

An announcement was made to Bowie's official Facebook and Twitter accounts only an hour ago, asking that the media and fans respect the family's privacy during their time of grief. 

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with...

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016

His son Duncan Jones confirmed the news on Twitter saying: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true."

The death comes a week after the release of his latest album "Blackstar", coinciding with his 69th birthday.

The dark, anti-pop album dealt with themes of illness and death.

It's revealed today that he wrote the album while battling cancer.

Critics were quick to praise the new work as some of the most innovative of his long and varied career.

It was Bowie's first offering since The Next Day in 2013. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.

Though Blackstar only featured seven songs, a reviewer for Britain's Guardiannewspaper labelled it: "a spellbinding break with (Bowie's) past".

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