Reports have this afternoon surfaced that legendary musical icon David Bowie has died following an 18 month long battle with cancer.
The reports have been verified by the publicist of the late, great singer, following accusations that the news was an internet hoax. In a statement posted to the Official Bowie social media accounts and appearing across a number of new outlets, Bowie’s representatives confirm the musician’s death, saying that:
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.
His son, Duncan, tweeted:
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