David Bowie Dies At 69 After 'Courageous' Cancer Fight

The music world has lost a legend. Recording artist David Bowie passed away on Sunday at the age of 69.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," a statement on the musician's Facebook page read. "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 diverse career spanned more than four decades, culminating in works such as his seminal 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the  Spiders From Mars," and the 1981 song "Under Pressure," on which he collaborated with the late Freddie Mercury and Queen. 

David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City

David Bowie in 2010 (Getty Images)

The influential Brit also had notable acting roles, starring as the title character in Broadway's "The Elephant Man" in 1980 and appearing in the cult fantasy film "Labyrinth" six years later. He also played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ."

He is survived by his wife, supermodel Iman, and his two children, son Duncan Jones and daughter Lexi Jones.

Bowie's latest album, "Blackstar," hit shelves on Friday. 

-- Erin Biglow

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