In sad and shocking news for the music world and millions who grew up loving David Bowie, the rocker who defied the odds to remain a superstar for decades has died at the age of 69.

The news comes only days after he celebrated his birthday and shortly after he released his latest album, which is garnering rave reviews.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle,” it was announced on David Bowie Official’s Twitter page on Sunday. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

The original 1972 video of one of Bowie’s most famous song, “Space Oddity”:

The news was met with shock by countless fans, not only because Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday but he has also just launched a new album “Blackstar”.

As the Hollywood Reporter said, Bowie “excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during an eclectic 40-plus-year career”. His breakthrough came in 1972 with 1972’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” when he created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

His best-known songs include 1983’s “Let’s Dance” — his only other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” “Fashion,” “Life on Mars,” “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.

We will miss you, Ziggy Stardust.

Here is a video of the single “Lazarus” from Bowie’s latest album, “Blackstar”: