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David Bowie dies at age 69 after battling cancer

David Bowie has died at age 69 after a battle with cancer. In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File) David Bowie has died at age 69 after a battle with cancer. In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
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(RNN) - Legendary musician David Bowie has died at age 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer. 

Bowie representative Steve Martin reported early Monday that the influential British musician died "peacefully and was surrounded by family."

Bowie's career seemed to be in full steam when his death was announced.

He had just released his 25th album, Blackstar, on Friday - which was also his birthday. The work was yet another venture into new territory, with critics - who widely praised the album, calling it Bowie's first jazz album. The video for the song Lazarus was released Thursday on YouTube.

Lazarus is also the title of an off-Broadway production that opened in December. Built around songs by Bowie, it stars actor Michael C. Hall. In a New York Times review of the show, Ben Brantley wrote "...transfixing moments occur when Mr. Bowie feels most palpably present - that is, when one of the show's ... performers ... delivers a distinctly Bowie number in a distinctly Bowie style." 

Bowie was set to be honored at a Carnegie Hall tribute concert March 31 with acts including The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Jakob Dylan and others.

His eclectic career spanned 40 years and included pioneering turns in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance and electronica, and film roles.

David Bowie was married since 1992 to the model Iman. The couple has a daughter, Lexi Zahra Jones. Bowie also has a son from a previous marriage - Duncan Jones, a filmmaker (Moon, Warcraft), followed his father's path into the entertainment industry.

Bowie's song Space Oddity in 1969 kicked off his meteoric rise to fame. He was known for his continual re-invention, beginning with the persona Ziggy Stardust, the center of his breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 1972. 

The iconic rocker garnered his fame in the US in 1975 with the single Fame, off the Top 10 album Young Americans, whose title track was co-written by Bowie and John Lennon. 

Bowie's career had an enormous resurgence in 1983 with the release of the Let's Dance, his 15th album - and a world tour - which marked yet another departure from his previous musical and personal styles. The title track reached No. 1 in the US, the UK and many other countries. It was his second and final No. 1 US hit. Other famous songs include Heroes, Changes, Under Pressure (with Queen), China Girl, Modern Love, Rebel Rebel, All the Young Dudes (which he wrote and gave to Mott the Hoople), Fashion, Suffragette City and dozens more.

Bowie received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

He became a musician-turned actor, beginning with 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth and a three-month stint on Broadway in the lead role in The Elephant Man in 1980. Perhaps his most noted role was as Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 sci-fi/fantasy film Labyrinth. Other film roles include a WWII POW in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) and Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), among others.

Bowie was born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947 in Brixton, London. At the start of his career, he changed his name as Davy Jones of The Monkees was gathering his own fame.

After reports of his death on social media, his fans responded with disbelief. 

"My heart nearly stopped reading this post. I hope this is not true..." one of his fans wrote shortly after the announcement appeared on the artist's Facebook page, echoing hundreds of fan comments. Because Bowie's illness had been kept quiet, some fans immediately marked the news of his death as one of the year's first internet hoaxes, later retracting their words as Bowie's representatives confirmed the news. 

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    "Space Oddity"
    10%
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    "Let's Dance"
    14%
    63 votes
    "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
    5%
    24 votes
    "Heroes"
    6%
    25 votes
    "Life on Mars"
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    "Rebel Rebel"
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    "Modern Love"
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    15 votes
    "Under Pressure" (with Freddie Mercury)
    11%
    49 votes
    "Little Drummer Boy" (with Bing Crosby)
    8%
    36 votes
    No favorite, too many good ones
    36%
    160 votes
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