David Bowie dies at 69 after battle with cancer

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David Bowie Dead at 69

David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," read a statement posted Sunday on the legendary singer's official Facebook page. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

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Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, confirmed the singer's death on Twitter, writing, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all," accompanied by a throwback black-and-white photo.

Bowie's interest in music growing up was omnivorous and spanned genres; raised outside London, he was familiar with American blues, rock and soul artists, all which later went on to influence his eclectic style.

Born David Robert Jones, he was so enamored with American pop culture that his adopted the stage name David Bowie after the American Western folk hero James Bowie.

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FILE i In this Sept. 17, 1980, file photo, David Bowie listens during a news conference after a rehearsal at the Booth Theater in New York. Bowie was appearing in the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man." Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, FIle)
February 1970: Pop singer David Bowie at the 'Disc and Music Echo' Valentine Awards ceremony at the Cafe Royal in London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie prepares to do some mileage with British Rail. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)
David Bowie performing live in Berlin, Germany in the 1970's © RTNKent/MediaPunch Credit all uses /IPX
Portrait of David Bowie photographed at the Studio of artist Dante Leonoli in Hampstead, London in September 1969. © RTNBebbington / MediaPunch Credit all Uses/IPX
David Bowie © RTNLipson /MediaPunch/IPX
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage on Ziggy Stardust tour (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)
FILE - This is an Oct. 1972 file photo of British singer David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (AP Photo/ File)
FILE - This is a Dec. 1, 1972 file photo of David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust period pictured in Philadelphia. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (AP Photo, Brian Horton, File)
LOS ANGELES - 1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his 'Ziggy Stardust' era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
3rd July 1973: David Bowie on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London at the last of the Ziggy Stardust concerts. (Photo by Steve Wood/Express/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 12: David Bowie performs live on stage at Earls Court Arena on May 12 1973 during the Ziggy Stardust tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
British rock singer David Bowie performs with an acoustic guitar on stage, in costume as 'Ziggy Stardust,' circa 1973. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
David Bowie (wearing an eyepatch) appears at a press conference at the Amstel Hotel on 7th February 1974 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 13: David Bowie, with eye patch, performs ÂRebel Rebel in the Top Pop Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands on February 13 1974. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
1976: David Bowie poses for a portrait in 1976. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: David Bowie wears sunglasses on in 1974 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
David Bowie performing on The Idiot World with Iggy Pop at the Tower Theatre. Philadelphia, PA. March 19th, 1977. © Scott Weiner / MediaPunch/IPX
DENMARK - APRIL 01: Photo of David BOWIE; ID#: BowieA 04, David Bowie, Copenhagen 1976 (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: NEWCASTLE CITY HALL Photo of David BOWIE, performing live onstage on Ziggy Stardust tour (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)
British pop singer David Bowie in concert at Earl's Court, London during his 1978 world tour. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
David Bowie is shown as he prepares for an appearance on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America", in New York, Sept. 3, 1980. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)
David Bowie photographed by White in 1980. © RTNWhite / MediaPunch/IPX
British rock singer David Bowie is photographed at a news conference to announce the signing of a multi-million dollar contract with EMI-America in Manhattan, New York City, on Jan. 27, 1983. (AP Photo)
Rock superstar David Bowie, making his first musical performance in America in half a decade, performs on stage at the U.S. Festival on May 31, 1983 at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, Calif. Bowie performed on closing night at the festival. (AP Photo/stf/Lennox McLendon)
A portrait taken on May 13, 1983 shows British singer David Bowie during a press conference at the 36th Cannes Film Festival. He is the main actor in Nagisa Oshima's film 'Furyo (Merry christmas Mr. Lawrence)', official selection in Cannes. He is also with French actress Catherine Deneuve maina ctor in Tony Scott's film 'The hunger' presented out competition at the festival. AFP PHOTO RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney, center, and his wife Linda McCartney, applaud David Bowie, left, and Bob Geldof, right, at the end of the London part of the Live Aid famine relief concert at Wembley Stadium, Saturday, July 13, 1985. At far left is Pete Townsend of The Who. The concert continued being broadcast around the world on TV from Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Joe Schaber))
Actors David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in a scene from the movie 'Labyrinth', 1986. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Rock stars David Bowie, left, and Peter Frampton are seen at a news conference in New York where Bowie announced his North American tour, March 18, 1987. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Musician David Bowie performs in concert circa 1987 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Rocker David Bowie, right, points to the hamburger that he wants for lunch during a barbecue for his crew at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, July 27, 1987. Bowie will kickoff the U.S. portion of his "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia this Thursday and Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Singer David Bowie performs before an estimated 61,000 fans Sept. 3, 1987 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. (AP Photo/stf-Elise Amendola)
David Bowie, vocal, performs at the Ahoy hal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 30th March 1990. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
LONDON - 23rd JANUARY: David Bowie appears at a press conference to promote his Sound + Vision tour at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 23rd January 1990. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
Musician David Bowie and model Iman attend Seventh on Sale AIDS Benefit on November 29, 1990 at the Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: David Bowie Concert And Party, Astoria Theatre, Club Top, Davidbowieretro (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Annie Lennox and David Bowie perform 'Under Pressure' (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Aired 11/23/1991 -- Pictured: Musical guest David Bowie performs -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 221 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest David Bowie during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 10, 1993-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
David Bowie (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995, file photo, David Bowie performs in Hartford, Conn. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)
Singers David Bowie (L) and Eric Clapton pose for photographers during the 1995 Q Music Awards in London 07 November. Clapton was decorated with the order of British Empire (OBE) at a Buckingham Palace ceremony 07 November. AFP PHOTO Sean DEMPSEY (Photo credit should read SEAN DEMPSEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Rock star David Bowie poses for photgraphers upon his arrival to a Tel Aviv airport Tuesday July 2, 1996. Bowie is in Israel as part of his European concert tour. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 09: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of David BOWIE, David Bowie performing at Madison Square Garden, New York City on 9th January 1996 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)
David Bowie during David Bowie Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)
NETHERLANDS - JULY 16: Singer David Bowie performs on stage at the Ahoy in Rotterdam during the Outside tour on July 16, 1996. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
(GERMANY OUT) (eigentlich David Robert Jones)*08.01.1947-Sänger, Musiker, Schauspieler, GrossbritannienKonzertauftritt- 1996 (Photo by Martin Lengemann/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 10: David Bowie, vocal, performs at the Paradiso on 10th June 1997 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
David Bowie on the set of his new video " I'm Afraid of Americans" filming on the lower east side. 10/7/97 NYC © RTNDavila/ MediaPunch USA/IPX
Entertainer David Bowie performs during a concert celebrating his 50th birthday Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 09 : Singer David Bowie performs on stage during his 50th birthday benefit concert held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 09, 1997. (Photo by George De Sota/Redferns)
Rock and roll legend David Bowie gestures to the crowd before receiving the 2,083rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, as his wife, supermodel Iman, looks on. Bowie released his latest album, "Earthling," on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1997, file photo, David Bowie performs during a concert celebrating his 50th birthday, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: David Bowie In Concert Of Paris On October 14th, 1999 In Paris,France (Photo by Frederic REGLAIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 1182 -- Air Date 11/16/1999 -- Pictured: Musical guest David Bowie performs on November 16, 1999 -- Photo by: Lesly Weiner/NBCU Photo Bank
David Bowie during David Bowie 'Reality Tour' at Madison Square Garden - Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
David Bowie Performing At The Tweeter Centre, Boston, America - Aug 2002, David Bowie (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 24, 2002 British singer David Bowie performs during a concert at the Zenith in Paris. British rock icon David Bowie broke a decade-long musical silence on January 8, 2013, unveiling a new single to coincide with his 66th birthday and announcing that he will release an album in March. The outlandish star surprised fans by posting a video for the single, entitled 'Where are We Now?', on his website, and it will also be available to download on iTunes. AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this June 3, 2002, file photo, Iman, left, and her husband, singer David Bowie arrive at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour," at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
David Bowie during David Bowie Performs on 'The Today Show' Summer Concert Series - September 18, 2003 at NBC Studios, Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEWPORT, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park, on June 13, 2004 in Newport, UK. The third annual rock festival takes place during the Isle of Wight Festival which runs from June 4-19. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
FILE - In this June 6, 2005 file photo, singer David Bowie and his wife Iman pose at the 2005 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69 (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Model Iman and musician David Bowie arrive at the party for Iman's new book 'The Beauty of Color' hosted by Naomi Campbell October 18, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Singer David Bowie attends the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party at The State Supreme Courthouse April 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for TFF)
David Bowie during David Bowie in Concert - October 14, 2007 at Capital Theater in Port Chester, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
FILE In this Oct. 25, 2007 file photo, David Bowie arrives at the Fourth Annual Black Ball Concert for "Keep A Child Alive" in New York. Musical chameleon David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits. Bowie, who turned 67 on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, is up for male British artist of the year and album of the year, for his first release in a decade, "The Next Day." (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. The New York Theatre Workshop said Thursday, April 2, 2015, that Bowie will team up with âOnceâ playwright Enda Walsh to create the musical âLazarusâ this winter. The show is inspired by Walter Tevisâ 1963 novel âThe Man Who Fell to Earth,â which was adapted into a 1976 film starring Bowie. The new musical will have new and old Bowie songs . (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
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His 1967 debut album, David Bowie, failed to make an impact. But his following albums, 1969's David Bowie – renamed Space Oddity; 1970's The Man Who Sold the World, and, in particular, 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars that set his status as an icon.

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In the mid-1970s, he moved to America to record; the result was some of his most radio-friendly hits, including his first U.S. No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Fame," which was co-written by John Lennon -- who also sang backup.

In the 1980s, with the advent of the music video era, Bowie adapted seamlessly thanks to his decades of experience embracing the theatricality of musical performance. His music, showmanship and willingness to embody fictional characters like Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke as performance pieces has been cited as an inspiration to artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Lorde.

With his eerie, insistent voice and dedication to sonic experimentation, Bowie's music, on the surface, didn't seem destined for mainstream success. But underlying his innovative techniques was the soul of a pop artist – one with catchy hooks, soaring choruses and lyrics with emotional impact.

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Always interested in exploring his talents, Bowie also left an indelible mark in film, and not just through the use of his music. Bowie made a number of appearances in front of the camera in an acting career that was nearly as eclectic and fascinating as his musical career.

In 1976, Bowie appeared in his first starring role in the surreal British sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth. The film received mixed critical reviews upon its release, but Bowie's performance and the movie's bizarre imagery gained it status as a cult classic.

Ten years later, Bowie appeared in one of the most celebrated children's films of the '80s with his role as the Goblin King in director Jim Henson's surprisingly creepy fantasy film Labyrinth. The role would go on to become Bowie's most iconic.

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Floral tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Fan Rosie Lowery wearing Bowie style make up talks to the media beside tributes placed next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A candle with the words: "Bowie. Oh! You pretty thing" rests on the ground after being place by a fan of British singer David Bowie at the Debod Temple park in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: Fans lay flowers at the doorstep at the building where British musician David Bowie once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Tributes are left outside 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, London, the former home of David Bowie, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A person cries while viewing tributes placed near a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A fan holds a David Bowie mask near the photo location of the David Bowie album cover Ziggy Stardust, in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona and christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: A portrait of British musician David Bowie peaks from behind flowers and candles left by fans at the doorstep at the building where he once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Bowie fans pay their respects at his mural in Brixton, where he was born, in London, England on January 11, 2016. Music legend David Bowie died when he was 69 years old, after suffering from cancer. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman looks at a shirt with a portrait of David Bowie in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona and christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
David-Bowie-fan Dirk Turnage puts down a tribute to British rock legend David Bowie outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather next to tributes placed near a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A woman holds a tablet with a David Bowie cover next to a mural of him by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A painting and a candle are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London, the singers birthplace, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Bowie fans pay their respects at his mural in Brixton, where he was born, in London, England on January 11, 2016. Music legend David Bowie died when he was 69 years old, after suffering from cancer. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man places letters spelling out a tribute to British singer David Bowie at the Brixton Academy music venue, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People dance and sing to music by British singer David Bowie on Windrush Square in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
People dance and sing to music by British singer David Bowie on Windrush Square in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 10: David Bowie remembered on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Tributes to British rock legend David Bowie are seen outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man with his dog pats the door frame walking past tribute to British rock legend David Bowie left outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: A photograph of British musician David Bowie lies among flowers and candles left by fans at the doorstep at the building where he once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
David Bowie fan Mark Lundeen poses for photos next to bouquets of flowers in front of the building where David Bowie had his New York apartment, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Lundeen is making a face with his hands reminiscent of Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Visitors take an audio tour at the Groninger Museum which hosts the "DAVID BOWIE is' exhibit, in Groningen, northern Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. The museum is normally closed on Mondays but opened its doors to allow people to sign a book of condolences for the deceased popstar and visit the Bowie exhibit which runs till March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A woman lays flowers underneath a commemorative plaque to David Bowie's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, in Heddon Street, London, marking the 40th anniversary of the album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A crying woman, left, is comforted after signing a book of condolences for deceased popstar David Bowie at the Groninger Museum which hosts the "DAVID BOWIE is' exhibit, in Groningen, northern Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. The museum is normally closed on Mondays but opened its doors to allow people to sign a condolence register and visit the Bowie exhibit which runs till March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Flowers are left underneath a commemorative plaque to David Bowie's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, in Heddon Street, London, marking the 40th anniversary of the album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London, the singers birthplace, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A man places flowers where the Ziggy Stardust album cover of David Bowie was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
A fan wears a badge showing David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust at the location where the album cover was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Flowers are placed where the Ziggy Stardust album cover of David Bowie was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Flowers and tributes are placed next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Bowie's role in Tony Scott's 1983 erotic horror film The Hunger has also developed a cult following in the years since its release with many praising the movie's eerie edge and bizarrely unique atmosphere, which were also some of the singer's career hallmarks.

To modern audiences, Bowie's acting prowess might be remembered best for his turn in Christopher Nolan's 2006 sci-fi drama The Prestige, in which he plays famed inventor Nikola Tesla. It's a powerhouse performance that showcased Bowie's range and skill with nuance and subtlety.

He also starred in several projects as himself, most notably in the 2001 comedy Zoolander and on Ricky Gervais' sitcom Extras. His overall body of work and his larger-than-life persona also inspired a number of other films and filmmakers, such as Todd Haynes 1998 glam rock drama Velvet Goldmine, which was partially based on the life and career of Bowie.

Bowie also dabbled in other forms of media that showcased his eye for surrealism -- including video games. In 1999, Bowie worked with Eidos Interactive on the celebrated adventure game Omikron: Nomad Soul. Aside from having input on the storyline and creative design, Bowie also voiced two characters, one of which was modeled to look like the music icon.

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Despite his long and monumental career, Bowie often went unrecognized when it came to awards and commendations. Out of 10 GRAMMY nominations, he only took home one for Best Music Video for "Jazzin' for Blue Jean," a 20-minute short film created by famed documentarian and music video director Julian Temple. However, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.

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With 28 albums under his belt and over 140 million records sold worldwide during his career, there's no question of Bowie's status as a legend. His often changing and developing style has been a powerful influence on musicians of all genres and his mark on American entertainment will be a lasting testament to his talent.

On Friday, Jan 8., Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday with the release of his latest album Blackstar, which has received rave universally rave reviews since its release.

Bowie is survived by his wife of 23 years, fashion model Iman, their 15-year-old daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones, and his son, Moon director Duncan Jones, from his previous marriage.

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January 1 -- Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, died at the age of 82.

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January 1 -- Donna Douglas, actress best known for her role in the "Beverly Hilbillies."

(AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

January 4 -- Sportscaster and anchor Stuart Scott succumbed to cancer at age 49.

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January 6 -- Francesca Hilton, the only daughter of Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, died at age 67.

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January 7 -- 12 were killed during an attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, including:

  • Cabu, 76, cartoonist
  • Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist
  • Charb, 47, caricaturist and journalist
  • Philippe Honoré, 73, cartoonist
  • Bernard Maris, 68, economist and journalist
  • Mustapha Ourrad, 60, Algerian-born copyeditor
  • Tignous, 57, cartoonist
  • Georges Wolinski, 80, cartoonist

(Photo credit JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images; stencils by French artist Rob.Ink)

January 7 -- Rod Taylor, actor best known for this leading role in "The Birds."

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

January 10 -- American actor, comedian, painter and playwright Taylor Negron died at 57.

(Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

January 9 -- Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., film producer and founder of three motion picture production companies, died at age 88.

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)

January 11 -- Anita Ekberg, an actress and model best known for the film "La Dolce Vita," died at 83.

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January 21 -- Designer and Nine West co-founder Vince Camuto died at age 78.

(AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)

January 23 -- King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90 after a 10-year reign.

(Photo by Egyptian Presidency/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

January 29 -- Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her novel "The Thorn Birds," died at age 77.

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January 31 -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered to be the father of the birth control pill, died at the age of 91.

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February 11 -- Bob Simon, a correspondent for CBS News, died at age 73.

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February 12 -- New York Times journalist David Carr died at the age of 58.

(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

February 16 -- Lesley Gore, singer best known for the 60's hit "It's My Party."

(Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

February 16 -- Mexican actress and singer Lorena Rojas, best known for several leading telenovela roles, died at age 44.

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

February 27 -- Leonard Nimoy, actor known for his role as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek."

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March 8 -- Sam Simon, co-creator of "The Simpsons," died at age 59.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

March 10 -- Richard Glatzer, writer and director famous for "The Last of Robin Hood" and "Still Alice."

(Photo by Peter Bregg/Getty Images)

March 12 -- Terry Pratchett, and English fantasy author, died at age 66.

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March 20 -- Journalist and news anchor Lisa Colagrossi died at the age of 49.

(Photo via WABC-TV)

March 23 -- Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore who was in office for more than three decades, died at age 91.

(AP Photo/File)

March 30 -- Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who broke the military color barrier in World War II, died at age 95.

April 1 -- Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John and mother to musician Julian Lennon.

(Photo by Cummings Archives/Redferns)

April 6 -- James Best, actor best known for his role in the "Dukes of Hazzard."

(Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

April 7 -- Geoffrey Lewis, actor and father of actress Juliette Lewis. 

 (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

April 14 -- Percy Sledge, singer best known for the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman."

(Photo by Suzie Gibbons/Redferns)

April 21 -- Mary Doyle Keefe, the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, died at age 92.

(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

April 23 -- Sawyer Sweeten (L), actor known for his role in "Everybody Loves Raymond."

(Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

April 30 -- Ben E. King, singer best known for the massive hit Stand by Me.

 (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

May 1 -- Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in "Star Trek," died at 85.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

May 6 -- Errol Brown, frontman of the band Hot Chocolate, died at age 71

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May 14 -- B.B. King, legendary blues musician.

(Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

May 23 -- Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr., who studied game theory, differential geometry and partial differential equations, died at age 86.

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May 30 -- Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, died at age 46.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

June 7 -- Christopher Lee, actor known for his role in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise. 

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June 18 -- Ralph Roberts, co-founder and CEO of Comcast, died at age 95.

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June 22 -- James Horner, composer best known for creating the music for "Titanic."

 (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

July 1 -- Nicholas Winton, who saved almost 650 children from the Holocaust, died at the age of 106.

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July 3 -- Amanda Peterson, actress best known for her role in the popular 80's film "Can't Buy Me Love."

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

July 3 -- Diana Douglas, an actress who appeared in more than 50 films, died at age 92.

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July 5 -- Burt Shavitz, the creator of natural cosmetics line Burt’s Bees, was 80.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

July 6 -- Jerry Weintraub, Emmy award winning producer and talent agent.

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July 9 -- Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier, died at age 57.

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July 10 -- Omar Sharif, actor known for his roles in "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia."

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July 18 -- Actor Alex Rocco, best known for his role as Moe Greene in "The Godfather," died at 79

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

July 21 -- E.L. Doctorow, author best known for "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate" and "The Book of Daniel," died at 84.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

July 26 -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, singer, actress and television personality. She was the daughter of Whitney Houston who died in a similarly tragic circumstance in 2012.

(Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

July 30 -- Grammy Award winner Lynn Anderson died at age 67.

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

July 31 --"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, wrestler and actor. 

 (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)

August 7 -- Uggie, a trained Jack Russell Terrier who starred in Water for Elephants and The Artist, died at age 13.

(Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

August 9 -- Frank Gifford, football player and television sports commentator.

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August 15 -- Julian Bond, civil rights activist and longtime chair of the NAACP, died at age 75.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

August 16 -- Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran, died at the age of 110.

(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

August 17 -- Yvonne Craig, the actress who played Batgirl, died at age 78.

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August 24 -- Marcy Borders, the infamous "Dust Lady" of 9/11, died at age 42.

(Photo credit  STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

August 26 -- Amelia Boynton Robinson, an activist and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, died at 104.

(Photo by Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

August 26 -- Alison Parker and Adam Ward, television journalists who were broadcasting on location in Virginia, were killed by a disgruntled former co-worker live on air. Parker was 24 and Ward was 27.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

August 30 -- Wes Craven, filmmaker well known for his horror film franchise "The Nightmare on Elm Street," he also created the "Scream: franchise.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

August 30 -- Dr. Oliver Sacks, famous neurologist and author, died at 82.

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September 1 -- Dean Jones, actor known for his role of Jim Douglas in "The Love Bug" films. 

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September 1 -- Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during World War II, died at the age of 98.

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September 3 -- English actress Judy Carne died at age 76.

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September 4 -- Jean Darling, child actress known for her role in My Gang.

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September 6 -- Martin Milner, actor best known for his roles in the 1960's television shows Route 66 and Adam-12.

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

September 19 -- Novelist Jackie Collins died at age 77.

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

September 19 -- Gary Richrath, guitarist for the band REO Speedwagon.

(Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

September 22 -- Yogi Berra, a professional baseball catcher, coach, and manager, most notably with the New York Yankees, died at age 90.

(AP Photo/File)

September 28 -- Erik Roner, MTV and extreme sport star, died at age 39 in a skydiving accident in Northern California.

(Photo by Brent Harrison/FilmMagic)

September 28 -- Catherine Coulson, actress known for her role as the Log Lady on David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

October 8 -- Chef Paul Prudhomme who popularized Creole and Cajun cuisines, died at age 75.

 (Photo by Simon Russell/Getty Images)

October 9 -- Jerry Parr, a secret service agent present at the time of the assassination attempt against President Reagan, died at age 85. 

(AP Photo/Charles W. Harrity)

October 12 -- Jamie Zimmerman, a doctor and ABC News' medical reporter in New York, died at age 31 while on vacation in Hawaii.

(Photo via Facebook)

October 24 -- Maureen O'Hara, prominent 1940's actress, she received an honorary Academy Award in 2014.

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November 1 -- Fred Thompson, an actor and former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee, was best known for his role on "Law & Order" and his presidential campaign, died at age 73. 

(Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

November 3 -- Secular Shiite lawmaker Ahmed Chalabi died at age 71.

(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

November 4 -- Melissa Mathison, screenwriter best known for writing "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

(Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mann Productions)

November 13 -- 130 people were killed in coordinated terrorist attacks around the city of Paris. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

November 16 -- David Canary, actor best known for his role on "All My Children."

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

November 23 -- Cynthia Robinson, trumpeter and vocalist of the band Sly and the Family Stone.

(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

December 2 -- Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger died at age 70.

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

December 2 -- 14 people were killed in San Bernardino, California, during a shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

December 3 -- Scott Weiland, lead singer of the alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots.

(Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

December 4 -- Robert Loggia, actor known for "Jagged Edge," which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

(Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

December 6 -- Holly Woodlawn, one of the first known transgender actresses; she was a muse of Andy Warhol and inspiration for Lou Reed's "Wild Side."

(Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

December 8 -- Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face brand, died at age 72.

(DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

December 20 -- Angela McEwan, a cast member in "Nebraska," died from complications due to lung cancer at age 81.

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

December 20 -- Former President Jimmy Carter told a church gathering that his 28-year-old grandson, Jeremy, died hours before after his heart stopped. 

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

December 27 -- Former outfielder Dave Henderson, who hit one of the most famous home runs in postseason history, died after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 57.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, file)

December 27 -- Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the socially conscious two-time Academy Award winner, died at 93.

(Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

December 28 -- The Harlem Globetrotters' Meadowlark Lemon died at age 83.

(Photo by Dick Lewis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

December 28 -- Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the rock band Motörhead.

(Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)

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