British singer David Bowie dies of cancer

Singer and song writer David Bowie dies after battle with cancer aged 69

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

David Bowie has died of cancer

Singer David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, his publicity company said.

"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," read a statement on Bowie's Facebook page posted on Sunday.

Stars, politicians and fans rushed online to pay their respects. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted, "I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss."

Steve Martin from Bowie's publicity company Nasty Little Man confirmed the Facebook report was accurate. "It's not a hoax," he told Reuters.