Legendary singer David Bowie, whose career spanned from the 1960s all the way into the 21st century, died Sunday only days after his 69th birthday.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," a post on his Facebook page read. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in England. He had his first hit in the U.K. in 1969 with "Space Oddity", which became a hit in the U.S. a few years later. He had his first No. 1 single in 1975 with "Fame", and enjoyed a career renaissance in the 1980s with the hit album and single, "Let's Dance".

Bowie also appeared in several movies, including The Man Who Fell to Earth and Labyrinth. 

His latest album, Blackstar, was just released on Jan. 8, his birthday.

Bowie is survived by his wife, model Iman, their daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones, and his son from his first marriage, filmmaker Duncan Jones.