"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 was known for his showmanship and gender-bending costumes as well hit songs: 63 top 40 singles, eight number 1 albums, and two songs that went to number one, according to Billboard: "Let's Dance" from 1983, and 1975's "Fame" off the top 10 album "Young Americans."
He had just released his 25th album, Blackstar on his birthday, January 8. A lyric to one of his new songs, "Lazarus," is "Look up here, I'm in heaven."
Bowie was born David Jones on January 8, 1947, in South London. He rose to fame along with his jumpsuit-wearing alter ego Ziggy Stardust and another persona he called the Thin White Duke, in association with his 1976 album, Station to Station. He is widely known as one of the most influential figures of glam rock and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bowie first discussed being bisexual in a 1976 interview with Playboy, though he later went on to distance himself from those comments and an openly bi identity. The singer is survived by his wife, model Iman as well as son Duncan Jones from his first marriage and daughter, Alexandria Jones.
His death came as a shock to fans all over the world. Amanda Palmer, who is herself a bisexual musician, wrote that she and her husband -- the author Neil Gaiman -- were devastated. On her blog she wrote of the death:
"I'm so rattled by it that I think it needs a post of its own that I can spend some time on. a hero of mine, and a huge hero/influence of neil's. it's going to be a hugging night. neil and I were literally on a david-bowie-video-marathon five or six nights ago... re-watching stuff, neil showing me new stuff. maybe we knew.
he was only 69.
love each other.
\u201cjust got call from @hollyherself about david bowie, hugged @neilhimself hard. one of his favorite musicians of all time. one of my heroes.\u201d