David Bowie dies aged 69 after cancer battle

David Bowie has died aged 69
David Bowie has died aged 69 after an 18 month battle against cancer.

British music legend David Bowie has died aged 69, following an 18 month battle with cancer.

His death comes just after the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar.

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, London and became famous worldwide due to his iconic music and various alter egos he portrayed on stage, such as Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.

During his 1978 World Tour, Bowie stopped off in Kenya in March before departing for Heathrow Airport and then flying on to the States for rehearsals.

David Bowie in Kenya in 1978
David Bowie on holiday in Kenya in March 1978 with two Maasai tribe warriors

He is survived by his wife Iman, whom he married in 1992; their daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones; and son Duncan Jones, by first wife Mary Angela Barnett. Jones confirmed his father’s passing on Twitter last night.

Public figures and celebrities have expressed their sadness at his passing, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian Ricky Gervais.

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