David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died peacefully and was surrounded by family. The statement read: "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief." No more details were provided. He had been fighting cancer for 18 months, according to his official Facebook page. Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album called "Blackstar."
The singer, who was born David Jones, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had a striking androgynous look in his early days and was known for changing his looks and sounds. The stuttering rock sound of "Changes" gave way to the disco soul of "Young Americans," co-written with John Lennon, to a droning collaboration with Brian Eno in Berlin that produced "Heroes." "My entire career, I've only really worked with the same subject matter," he told the AP in a 2002 interview. "The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I've always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety—all of the high points of one's life."