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Singer David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

London: British singer-songwriter David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after battling cancer for 18 months.

British rock legend David Bowie performs on stage at the Bercy stadium in Paris, France in 2003
British rock legend David Bowie performs on stage at the Bercy stadium in Paris, France in 2003. Pic/AFP

"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 posted on the singer's official social media accounts.

Bowie had turned 69 just two days ago. He is survived by two children Duncan Jones and Alexandria 'Lexi' Zahra Jones and wife Iman.

One of the most influence musical artistes of his generation, David Bowie is known for his chameleon-like qualities as a performer that often blurred the lines between genders in an illustrious career that spanned four decades.

The musician, whose full name was David Robert Jones, was born in Brixton, UK on January 8, 1947.

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