Singer-songwriter David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer, according to an official statement on Monday. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," the statement, dated Jan. 10, on Bowie's official Facebook account said. The influential music artist's death comes only days after the release of his 25th album, "Blackstar," on his birthday on Jan. 8. The British singer, whose career spanned more than 40 years and included hits such as "Let's Dance" and "Space Oddity," was known for the varied persona he adopted, from the androgynous Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke. He worked in a range of music styles, from glam rock to electronica. Born David Robert Jones, Bowie also worked as an actor, appearing in movies such as "The Man who Fell to Earth" and "Zoolander."
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