Iconic singer, songwriter, and actor David Bowie is dead. Word of his death Sunday was posted on the artist's official social media accounts and confirmed by his representative. Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album.
A posting on his Facebook page says he was surrounded by his family when he died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He's survived by his second wife, Iman, the former supermodel and two children, film director Duncan Jones and 15-year-old daughter, Lexi.
Bowie released his first hit, "Space Oddity," in the summer of 1969. Three years later, he recreated himself for the glam rock era as "Ziggy Stardust" with the hit single "Starman."
In 1975, he re-emerged as David Bowie with his first major U.S. hit, "Fame" and the successful Young Americans album. Through his 40-year career, the glam rocker had a number of hits, including "Under Pressure," "Changes," "Let’s Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," "China Girl," "Fashion," "Rebel, Rebel," "Life on Mars," "Modern Love," and "Suffragette City."
Bowie's re-inventions of himself and musical innovations continued through the release of Blackstar, his 25th studio album, which was released on Friday, his 69th birthday.
In addition to his music, he starred on Broadway in The Elephant Man and a in number of films, including Just a Gigolo and The Last Temptation of Christ.