Just hours ago, it was announced that rock legend David Bowie passed away after an 18-month long battle with cancer. The announcement came via the artist’s official Facebook page (see the announcement below).
Considering the amount of hoaxes there have been about the singer’s death, the news was a shock.
Bowie’s death comes just two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar, which was issued on his 69th birthday. The album shot to number 1 on iTunes in the UK and number 2 in the US.
Bowie’s son, Moon director Duncan Jones, took to Twitter this morning, saying, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. <a href=”https://t.co/Kh2fq3tf9m”>pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m</a></p>— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ManMadeMoon/status/686441083648212992″>January 11, 2016</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Duncan Jones’ mother, Bowie’s first wife, Angela, was sequestered on the UK Celebrity Big Brother, and was informed of his death off-camera, choosing to stay on the show.
Bowie’s wife of 24 years, fashion model Iman, has not yet released a statement.
News of the flamboyant, theatrical show master’s death has been met with an outpouring of sympathy from millions of people, musicians, and even British Prime Minister David Cameron, who expressed his sorrow to the press, stating, “Genius is an overused word but I think musically, creatively, artistically, David Bowie was a genius. He was a master of reinvention, and one of the things that’s so incredible is almost all his reinventions were incredible successes and worked brilliantly. And so we mourn the loss of a great talent.”
Planet Stereo would like to send our deepest sympathies to David Bowie’s loved ones. RIP David Bowie.