Singer David Bowie passed away at he age of 69. He had a 18 month-long battle with cancer, but his family said he died peacefully. His family released the following statement\u00a0"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief." He turned pop in a new direction in 1972 with the introduction of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Glam rock was the starting point, but Ziggy was much more than an eyeliner-wearing maverick: he was a truly theatrical character that at once harked backed to pre-War European theatre while anticipating 1980s androgyny and today's discussions around a transgender spectrum. Bowie's hits include Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars. He just recently released his latest album Blackstar, which was well received by critics and fans, Blackstar contains seven songs.\u00a0Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, south London, on 8 January in 1947. He changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees' Davy Jones achieved stardom. David Bowie married supermodel Iman in 1992 and they have one daughter together and he has a son from a previous marriage.