RIP: David Bowie (1947–2016)

Goodbye, Major Tom.

As The New York Times is reporting, David Bowie has passed away following an eighteen-month battle with cancer only days after his sixty-ninth birthday. The news comes as a shock: while Bowie was rumored to be in poor health and had not performed live since 2006, his diagnosis was not announced, and his latest album, , found him invigorated and working near the top of his artistic power.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” said a statement on the singer’s website and Facebook. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

We’ll have more on this situation as details become available.

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