“Very sorry and sad to say it’s true,” Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, tweeted, confirming the rock star’s death. “I’ll be offline for awhile. Love to all.”
The reality of Bowie’s death shocked fans who read a brief announcement first shared to his verified Facebook and Twitter accounts. A rep said Bowie died after fighting cancer for the past 18 months.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” the heart wrenching statement read. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Iman Abdulmajid, Bowie’s wife of 24 years, did not immediately comment on his illness.