Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer.
David Bowie released a haunting video in which he declared ‘look up here, I’m in heaven’ just three days before he lost a secret 18-month battle with cancer.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said, asking for privacy for his family.
His final record was a carefully-orchestrated farewell to his fans, his producer has confirmed.
Lazarus, released on his 69th birthday, opens with the lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in Heaven!”
Its video, which will be viewed in a very different light by millions of fans today, features the musician in a hospital bed, and finishes with him retreating in to a dark closet.
The star, whose new album came out just last week, passed away from the illness yesterday surrounded by his family, according to an announcement posted on his official website and Facebook page today.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was issued on his social media accounts.
His ex-wife, Angie Bowie, is currently starring in Channel Five’s Celebrity Big Brother. A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: “Following the very sad news of David Bowie’s death this morning, we can confirm that Angie Bowie will be informed off camera today.”
Tributes have been paid to Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, from around the world.
Bowie’s hits include Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars.
He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
The singer, who had been living in New York in recent years, only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.
His son, who directed Bafta-winning film Moon, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”