The legendary David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69. His official Facebook page posted the following.

January 10 2016 – 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.”

David Bowie has been a music icon for decades. His 26th album, Blackstar, released on his 69th birthday, Jan. 8—only two days before his death.

His son offered the following on Twitter: