David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The star, who released a new album last week, was known as the creator of glam rock and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

A spokesman for Bowie said this morning: “David Bowie died 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.”

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, confirmed the news, writing on Twitter:

The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career.

Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Through perpetual reinvention, he has seen his influence continue to broaden and extend: music reviewer Brad Filicky writes that over the decades, “Bowie has become known as a musical chameleon, changing and dictating trends as much as he has altered his style to fit, influencing fashion and pop culture.” Biographer Thomas Forget adds, “Because he has succeeded in so many different styles of music, it is almost impossible to find a popular artist today that has not been influenced by David Bowie.”

In 2015, he was named one of GQ‘s 50 best dressed British men.

His alter ego Ziggy Stardust, was the main inspiration for Tilda Swinton‘s character in the film A Bigger Splash, Rock singer Marianne Lane.

The Daily Mail noted, Bowie continued to mix experimental concepts with traditional pop songs in albums such as Heroes, Low and Diamond Dogs, as well as acting in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Last Temptation of Christ.

In recent years Bowie’s career revived once again despite his keeping a relatively low public profile – three years ago The Next Day was a best-seller, while new album Blackstar – tipped to go straight to number one this week – has received positive reviews.