He had been suffering from cancer

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David Bowie has died aged 69.

According to a post on his official Facebook page, he had been suffering from cancer.

“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.”

Writing on Twitter, Bowie’s son, the film director Duncan Jones, also confirmed the news.

The news has been confirmed to Uncut by Bowie’s UK publicist.

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