Legendary pop-rock icon David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. News of the performer’s death was confirmed by his son Duncan via Twitter according to UnskinnyPop.com. “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true,” Duncan Jones tweeted. “I’ll be offline for awhile.” An official post on David Bowie’s Facebook page followed:
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Bowie just released his final LP Blackstar on January 8, his 69th birthday. Rumors of a final world tour planned for 2016 have been circulating for the past few months. The new album was his 28th studio effort.
Rock music has taken a heavy hit over the last month and a half with the passing of three musical heroes. Bowie’s death follows former Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland, 48, on December 4 and Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 70 on December 29. Our thoughts and prayers are with David, his family, and friends. Thank you for all the amazing music, Mr. Bowie, and your countless contributions to artistry. – by Matt Bishop