By Michael Cerio 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Just days ago we were celebrating the 69th birthday and 25th album of David Bowie, this morning we mourn his death.

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David Bowie passed away Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

“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,” says a statement released through his social media accounts.

Bowie leaves behind nearly five decades of art, inspiration, and a permanent impact on the world of music. His final album Blackstar was released Friday and spends a lot of time discussing death – even imagining looking down from heaven and looking down upon the world.

This morning, several musicians shared their thoughts on the passing of Bowie.

Bowie was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.