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Iman on death of husband David Bowie: 'Struggle is real, so is God'

Published:Monday | January 11, 2016 | 1:00 PMThe Voice
In this June 6, 2005 file photo, singer David Bowie and his wife Iman pose at the 2005 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York.

Hours before David Bowie's death was announced, his supermodel wife Iman Abdulmajid tweeted, 'the struggle is real, but so is God' to her 100,000 followers.

Bowie, a rock legend, passed away today after an 18-month battle with cancer.

He was 69.

His son Duncan Jones confirmed the news this morning writing on Twitter: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

An official statement followed.

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

Bowie married Somali-American model Iman in 1992 and the couple had one daughter, Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones who was born in 2000.

His death comes just three days after the singer released his 29th album, Blackstar, on Friday (Jan 8), to coincide with his 69th birthday.

The album contains seven songs, including one called Lazarus which starts with the lyrics: "Look up here, I'm in heaven, I've got scars that can't be seen, I've got drama, can't be stolen, everybody knows me now."

TELLING TWEET: Iman posted this message on her Instagram page yesterday (Jan 10)

While a rock Legend, Bowie's music was sampled by a number of hip-hop greats.

His 1983 hit, Let's DanceBeen Around The World, while 1975's Fame was used in Takeover by Jay Z.

Bowie was awarded a Grammy lifetime achievement award in February 2006 and his final performance on stage was later that year when he sang alongside Alicia Keys at the Black Ball in New York.

Stars waking up to learn the shock news about the singer's death describe it is a "black day" and speak of the "loss of a hero".

Rapper Kanye West tweeted: "David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime."

Fellow artist Pharrell Williams described Bowie as a "true innovator" and a "true creative".

While pop singer Madonna said she was "devastated" by Bowie's death. She wrote on Twitter: "Im devastated" This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! R.IP. #rebelheart

"Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! #rebelheart"

Posting a picture of the pair together, she added: "So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! #rebelheart"