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In this September 1980 file photo, David Bowie listens during a news conference after a rehearsal at the Booth Theater in New York. (Photo: AP)

In Pics: Remembering Legendary Artist David Bowie

David Bowie 1947-2016: His life and career in pictures

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David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. The death of the iconic British singer was confirmed in a statement released on his Facebook and Twitter pages, two days after he released his latest album.

The singer-songwriter and producer excelled at the glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica genres during an eclectic career spanning over 40 years.

Bowie released his 29th album, called Blackstar, on Friday January 8, to coincide with his 69th birthday. The album contains seven songs, including one called thwhich, perhaps prophetically, contains the lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”

Here’s a look at his life through pics...

Born David Robert Jones, he released his self-titled debut album in 1967 but didn’t make a big impact on the music world until 1969, when his single Space Oddity became a worldwide hit.

A string of albums followed, before 1972’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars made him an international star.

The 1980s saw him combine his pop career with appearances in films including Labyrinth, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Absolute Beginners.

Bowie was awarded a Grammy lifetime achievement award in February 2006 and his final performance on stage was later that year when he sang alongside Alicia Keys at the Black Ball in New York.

Bowie married Somali-American model Iman in 1992 and the couple had one daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones, who was born in 2000.

Bowie had an incalculable impact on pop culture throughout his shape-shifting career. But perhaps more than any other musician, he also had a tremendous impact on science fiction. He changed the way we thought about the alien, the uncanny and the familiar.

Bowie also starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, playing one of the most stark, disturbing and psychologically complex representations of an alien ever captured on screen.

Bowie was relatively quiet between the years of 2004 and 2012, re-emerging in 2013 with the album The Next Day. Its arrival was met with a social media firestorm which catapulted the album to No. 2 on the Billboard 200, his highest charting album ever.

RIP David shall be missed!

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