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British rock legend David Bowie died on Sunday, aged 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer.

Bowie rose to fame in the early 1970s and was renowned as an innovative songwriter and performer. As the world says goodbye to the artist, CNBC takes a look back at his illustrious career.

— By CNBC's Matt Clinch and Kalyeena Makortoff on January 11, 2016.

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