British musician David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a private battle with cancer.
A statement posted to his website and social media channels said the singer had died after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Bowie had his first major hit with "Space Oddity" in 1969. The song was later rereleased as a single in 1973, reaching No. 15 on the billboard chart and No. 16 in Canada.
Known as a pioneer of glam rock, and equally comfortable reinventing himself as an artist, Bowie would change musical styles throughout the years.
His androgynous persona of Ziggy Stardust created in the early 1970s would give way to the Thin White Duke on the album "Station to Station."
His 1983 album Let's Dance would incorporate more pop elements and result in hits such as "China Girl, "Modern Love" and the eponymous "Let's Dance."
His career was also marked with high-profile and successful collaborations with other artists.
He performed a duet with British stadium band Queen on "Under Pressure," wrote the song "Fame" with John Lennon and more recently collaborated with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame on "I'm Afraid of Americans."
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, but didn't attend the ceremony.
Aside from his music, Bowie also made forays into acting, starting as an extra in films before appearing as the main character in the cult movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
He had a starring role in the 1983 horror film "The Hunger" alongside Susan Sarandon. Sarandon revealed in 2014 that she and Bowie had a brief love affair.
He also appeared in "Labyrinth", the last feature film directed by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson.
Bowie's latest album "Blackstar" was the singer's first studio album in three years.
With files from the Associated Press