Artist's death confirmed this morning (January 11)

David Bowie has died, it has been confirmed.

Bowie passed away yesterday following an 18 month battle with cancer. He released his latest album ‘Blackstar’ last week (January 8) on his 69th birthday.

The official statement, published on Bowie’s Facebook page, reads: “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.”

Bowie’s son, the film director Duncan Jones, also confirmed the news. “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all,” he tweeted.

David Bowie released his first studio album in 1969, having changed his name from David Jones the year before. His early records included ‘Space Oddity’ and 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’.

In 1972 Bowie reinvented himself and released ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ which features the singles ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Suffragette City’.

His hits include ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Rebel, Rebel’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Changes’.

Bowie has released two albums in the past decade. New album ‘Blackstar’ and 2013’s ‘The Next Day’. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.

Away from music, Bowie also enjoyed a career in acting and appeared in films such as Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ and Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.

‘Blackstar’ was Bowie’s 26th studio album. Producer Tony Visconti previously stated that the record was influenced by Kendrick Lamar with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy among the collaborators.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.