Rock superstar David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, his agent has confirmed. He was 69.

statement was released on his official website and social media accounts.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.

“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

His son, director Duncan Jones confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account:

The singer had only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.

His first hit song ‘Space Oddity’ made the Top 5 UK singles chart in 1969.

But his international breakthrough came in 1972 with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, in which the innovative musician imagined the archetypal rock star as a space alien, his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

He experimented with rock, pop, soul, dance, punk and electronica throughout his decades long career, nabbing his first US No.1 single in 1975 with ‘Fame’ from the Top 10 album Young Americans.

The entertainer made his mark on the big screen with memorable performances on film, including The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976, The Hunger in 1983 and Labyrinth in 1986.

Bowie was due to be honoured at Carnegie Hall in March.

RIP to a true legend who will live forever in his cultural impact.