David Bowie: A life in pictures

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David Bowie in the video for Blackstar, the album he released only a few days ago on 8 January 2016, on this 69th birthday.

David Bowie visited Takapuwahi Marae in Porirua, on November 23 1983, in a rare appearance on his Serious Moonlight tour.

Headlining the Glastonbury Festival in 2000, the first time Bowie had played there since 1971.

Bowie in one of his more iconic costumes during the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973.

David Bowie's son Duncan Jones, a film director, at the premiere of his film Source Code in 2011. Duncan, the only child of David Bowie's first marriage to Angela Barnett, was originally christened Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones.

David Bowie performs in a concert during his worldwide tour A Reality Tour in Prague, June 2004.

David Bowie married Somali model Iman in 1992. They had one daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, born in August 2000. Iman remained married to David until his death.

David Bowie in 1974.

In the 1986 adventure fantasy film Labyrinth as Jareth, the Goblin King.

David Bowie performing on the final day of The Isle of Wight Festival 2004 in the UK.

David Bowie in 1980 in Pierrot costume during filming of the video for his song, Ashes to Ashes from the album Scary Monsters. The video was one of the most striking video of the 19080s.

In 2014 David Bowie released a compilation album called Nothing Has Changed, the first to showcase his entire career.

Two suits designed by Freddie Burretti (1972) for the Ziggy Stardust tour are displayed in front of a video showing pop star David Bowie singing at the BBC show Top of the Pops (July 1972).

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David Bowie's illustrious career lasted five decades.

He turned 69 on Friday, the same day he released a new album, Blackstar, days before his death on Monday (NZ time).

The singer, who was born David Jones, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s.

David Bowie in the early years. His career lasted 50 years.

David Bowie in the early years. His career lasted 50 years.

He had a striking androgynous look in his early days and was known for changing his looks and sounds. The stuttering rock sound of Changes gave way to the disco soul of Young Americans, co-written with John Lennon, to a droning collaboration with Brian Eno in Berlin that produced Heroes.

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He had some of his biggest successes in the early 1980s with the stylist Let's Dance, and a massive American tour.

"My entire career, I've only really worked with the same subject matter," Bowie told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview.

"The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I've always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety - all of the high points of one's life."

Bowie kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s.

He felt uneasy about some of his greatest material, once embarking on a "greatest hits" tour saying it would be the last time performing much of his old material. He later relented, however.

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Bowie was married to international supermodel Iman since 1992.

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