David Bowie, the iconic singer whose songs became part of the fabric of culture, including "Space Oddity," "Heroes," "Life on Mars?," and so many more, died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to his official Facebook account.
"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," the brief statement reads.
Bowie's 25th studio album, Blackstar, was just released Jan. 8 to critical acclaim.
Bowie worked in many genres over his more than 50-year career, including glam, hard rock, soul, funk, punk, and electronica, creating a unique, highly influential, and almost universally beloved body of work. His many collaborators included Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, Trent Reznor, and Iggy Pop, whose life and career he revitalized.
He was also an actor, appearing in movies including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth, The Prestige, and The Last Temptation of Christ, where he played Pontius Pilate.
Bowie was born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in London. An injury in 1962 left him with a permanently dilated pupil in his left eye, which, though he had poor depth perception, became an iconic part of his appearance.
His self-titled first album was released in 1967, and he achieved superstardom with his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. While battling drug addiction in the mid-'70s, he moved to Berlin and made what many critics consider the best albums of his career, "Heroes" and Low. Though his icon status was cemented, his creative and commercial success rose and fell in the '80s, '90s, and '00s. His last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, were well-received.
Bowie is survived by his wife Iman, 60, and two children, Alexandria, 15, with Iman, and film director Duncan Jones, 44, with his first wife, Angie, 66.
Upon news of his death, tributes from the countless musicians, actors, artists, and fashionistas he inspired flooded social media:
The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie... 1/2— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016
Get ready for some serious double takes today, Tilda Swinton. #RIPDavidBowie— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
When David Bowie sang "You're not alone" on Ziggy Stardust, as a kid I felt he was talking to me and it helped me survive. What a sad day.— Ed Brubaker (@brubaker) January 11, 2016
Watch his final music video "Lazarus."