British music legend David Bowie dies, aged 69

Entertainer dies surrounded by his family following an 18-month battle with cancer.

    Music fans around the world are mourning the loss of music idol David Bowie.

    The British singer, songwriter, producer and actor died surrounded by family members on Sunday, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

    Social media has been flooded with tributes and messages of shock at the news of his death.

    "Im Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! RIP," Madonna wrote on Twitter.

    Born David Jones in south London in 1947, Bowie rose to fame with the 1969 single Space Oddity.

    His leap from cult figure to flamboyant rock star was cemented through his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, famous for his wild costumes, avant garde sounds and decadent lifestyle.

    Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months