David Bowie has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
News of his death was announced early Monday morning via a statement posted to his website and social media accounts. The statement reads, “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.”
The news has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter as well as his son, Duncan Jones.
Bowie’s death comes just three days after the release of his 26th studio album, ★ (Blackstar). The album’s preoccupation with death, dying, and the angst of being forgotten takes on a whole greater meaning in light of his passing. In a statement, Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti confirmed that ★ was recorded as his “parting gift” to fans.
“[Bowie] always did what he wanted to do,” Visconti writes. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life — a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
R.I.P David Bowie