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David Bowie dies at 69

David Bowie has died of cancer aged 69

David Bowie has died aged 69. His son Duncan Jones, announced on Twitter this morning, “Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.” Bowie died on Sunday 10 January, just two days after the release of his latest album Blackstar on 8 January (the day of Bowie's 69th birthday). The official statement posted on Bowie's Facebook this morning read: “January 10 2016 – 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's career spanned five decades. He released 27 studio albums (including two with the group Tin Machine) and numerous other live sets, compilations and EPs. In 1976, Bowie moved to West Berlin, where he completed the album Low (1977). The first of three collaborations with Brian Eno, it was followed by “Heroes” (1977) and Lodger (1979). Bowie also collaborated with Queen on the 1981 track “Under Pressure”, while the 90s saw him reunite with Eno for 1995's Outside. From his earliest days as a pop performer, when he was heavily under the influence of mime artist Lindsay Kemp, Bowie was always as much a chancer as he was a dabbler in chance operations, William Burroughs's cut-up methods and other strategies to keep refreshing his work. On 1997’s Earthling, he explored contemporary club music; he was also one of the few mainstream rock artists to embrace the potential of the internet. Indeed, his 1999 album Hours… was the the first complete album to be made available as a digital download. In 2013, Bowie co-curated a major international retrospective of his life and work at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Read The Wire Deputy Editors Emily Bick and Joseph Stannard reflect on David Bowie's life and work.