After more than a year of battling cancer, David Bowie died peacefully on January 10. The star was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.

The death of this legendary singer-songwriter and rock star was confirmed by his son to the media. Bowie’s official Facebook page announced at around 1 a.m. that Major Tom lifted off “peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

The state of the artist’s health had been unclear for years, and his battle with cancer was virtually unknown to the public. Bowie is remembered for his glam, his style and award-winning musical career. His legend includes the world-famous Grammy-winning album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars that shaped his image as an androgynous space alien prodigy. Other hits include “Let’s Dance,” “Under Pressure,” “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” and “Heroes.”

Bowie has been an influential icon across generations. His legacy was concluded in his final album, Blackstar, which was released last week coinciding with his 69th birthday. The album is believed to have been his official farewell to his fans and the world.