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David Bowie dead at 69 after 18-month cancer battle

David Bowie, seen last month in New York, has died at the age of 69. Credit: Press Association Images

David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

The death of the iconic British singer was confirmed in a statement released on his Facebook and Twitter pages, two days after he released his latest album.

A statement on the singer's official Facebook page read: "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."

His son, director Duncan Jones, tweeted his reaction:

New exhibition opens for Rolling Stones artist

Stones' guitarist Keith Richards with artist Geronimo Credit: Tom Palmears

The rock artist Geronimo, a friend of the Rolling Stones, is opening a new exhibition today at the gallery of The Club in Cafe Royal. His works include the tongue logo, made from flattened drinks cans, that became synonymous with the band.

Geronimo, who is self-taught, also goes by the name Jumping Bull. He met Keith Richards by chance when The Rolling Stones were touring and they became good friends.

The band had a big influence on Geronimo's work, inspiring much of his art, including paintings, portraits and sculptures. The exhibition will be followed by a tour of his work.

Geronimo at work on a version of the Rolling Stones' tongue logo Credit: Tom Palmears
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