Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

From 1980, David Bowie was appearing in the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man." AP file Photo by Marty Lederhandler.

NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, has died after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69.

Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died "peacefully" and was surrounded by family.

The 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."

No more details were provided.

Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album called "Blackstar." (visit http://davidbowie.com/blackstar/)

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