British music legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, drawing an outpouring of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time.

 

Bowie’s death came as a shock to the world just days after he had released his 25th studio album “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday on Friday.

 

“David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” said a statement posted on his official social media accounts on Monday.

 

The death brings the curtain down on an extraordinary musical innovator and style icon, with a career dating back to his first major hit “Space Oddity” in 1969, about an astronaut called Major Tom who became lost in orbit.

 

Tributes poured in from the world of music, show business and politics for the singer-songwriter, producer and actor hailed as a visionary and master of re-invention.

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