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Sad news from the entertainment world, with the passing of a musical icon.

FOX's Rich Denison reports:

Legendary pop star David Bowie has died.

Representatives of the star posted on his official website and social media accounts that the entertainer died peacefully Sunday, surrounded by his family after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Bowie's career spanned four decades. He was born David Jones in London on January 8, 1947, changing his name in 1966 after the Monkees' Davy Jones achieved stardom.

Bowie turned 69 on Friday.

Rich Denison, FOX News.

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

FOX's Simon Owen in London with more:

David Bowie's 25th album only came out on Friday -- on his 69th birthday.

And some of the lyrics now sound post-humously poignant:

(Bowie) "Look up here, I'm in heaven, I've got scars that can't be seen."

There had been rumours of health problems but his death has still come as a surprise.

Bowie's son confirming the news on Twitter, saying, "very sorry and sad to say it's true".

A number of fellow rock stars have been quick to pay tribute.

While the British Prime Minister David Cameron called Bowie a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right.

In London, Simon Owen, FOX News.

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(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)