Following the heartbreaking news that visionary genius David Bowie has died at the age of 69, just days after the release of his brilliant, forward-thinking 25th album ‘Blackstar’, here's a compilation of our favourite Bowie photos. Rest in peace, Starman.

  1.    Family-Man Bowie

  2. With son Duncan Jones, who grew up to be the acclaimed director of movies Moon and Source Code. Photo: Redferns

  3.    Bouffant Bowie

  4. Posing with the model Twiggy for the cover of the 'Pin Ups' album, 1973. Photo: Hulton Archive

  5.    Boozy Bowie

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    Pouring a drink in London, 1966. Photo: Getty

  7.    Folky Bowie

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    Posing with an unnamed model for Boyfriend magazine, Kingly Street, London, 1963. Photo: Redferns

  9.    Cross-Legged Bowie

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    At home in Beckenham, April 1972. Photo: Getty

  11.    Kung-Fu Bowie

  12. Onstage at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, 1977. Photo: Getty

  13.    Rock Royalty Bowie

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    Watching Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen, July 13, 1985. Also in shot: Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Bob Geldof. Photo: Getty

  15.    Public Transport Bowie

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    Seen off at the station by wife Angie, July 9, 1973. Photo: Getty

  17.    Hippy Bowie

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    At a party thrown by publicist Rodney Bingenheimer at lawyer Paul Figen's house, Los Angeles, 1971. Photo: Getty

  19.    Sharp-Suited Bowie

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    With Paul McCartney, backstage at Live Aid, 1985. Photo: Getty

  21.    High-Rolling Bowie

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    Posing beside his Rolls-Royce, London, May 1973. Photo: PA

  23.    Art-Pop Bowie

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    Onstage with Anne Lennox, April 1992

  25.    Coked-Up Bowie

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    With wife Angie, arriving at London's Cafe Royal for the 'Ziggy Stardust'... end-of-tour party. Photo: PA

  27.    Nice Guy Bowie

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    With Debbie Harry of Blondie, November 1980. Bowie was starring in a theatrical production of The Elephant Man at the time.

  29.    Sax-Playing Bowie

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    Onstage with Tin Machine at London's Brixton Academy, November 1991. Photo: PA

  31.    90s Bowie

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    Onstage in January 1990. Photo: PA

  33.    Off-The-Rails Bowie

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    The 'Victoria Station' incident. Bowie came under fire after appearing to give a Nazi salute upon returning home after the 'Station To Station' tour, 1976. Photo: PA

  35.    Fresh-Faced Bowie

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    February 1970, a time of great excitement - he'd recently had his first hit, with 'Space Oddity', and was about to get married. Photo: PA

  37.    Alt-Rock Bowie

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    At the Brit Awards, February 1999. He released his twenty-first studio album 'Hours...' a few months later. Photo: PA

  39.    Naughty Bowie

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    With Angie in London, 1974. Photo: PA

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