A tweet on the late musician's official Twitter account read:
January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle... https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy? David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
On Facebook, his family asked for privacy. His filmmaker son Duncan Jones tweeted an old photo of himself with his father:
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
David Bowie, real name David Robert Jones, was one of the most influential figures in music, rising to fame in the Seventies with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His greatest hits include China Girl, Heroes, Let's Dance and Sound and Vision. He collaborated with Queen on Under Pressure and with Mick Jagger on Dancing in the Street.
Just two days before he died, he released his 28th album, titled Blackstar. He received the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2006.
David Bowie was also a producer, a painter and an actor, starring in films like The Man Who Fell To Earth and on Broadway in an acclaimed production of The Elephant Man.
He is survived by his wife, the model Iman, and children Duncan and Alexandria Jones.