Britain’s Prime Minister has led the tributes to David Bowie who died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer.
The news was confirmed by his son on his official social media account.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said.
David Cameron said he was the “master of re-invention who kept getting it right”.
His death comes days after the release of his first new album in a decade, entitled Black Star.
Bowie was born David Jones in January 1947 but reinvented himself as David Bowie in 1966, to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees.
He shot to fame with his 1969 album, Space Oddity, which was followed by other successes: among them his 1970s’ alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane and the Thin White Duke.
He also found chart success in the 1980s with songs such as Lets Dance and Under Pressure, with Queen.
He leaves behind a catalogue of some 25 albums and appearances in several films.