David Bowie Knows He Was Dying But Never Talked About It
David Bowie dies a few days after his 69th birthday and after the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar. In recent recollections from close friends, the glam rock legend knew his death is near although he never talked about it with people around him.
In his last days, the rock legend is said to have sent thank you notes to friends who are unaware of Bowie's last stage of liver cancer, Daily Mail reported.
"Thank you for our good times, Brian, they will never rot," wrote the rockstar in his email he sent to musician and producer Brian Eno who has worked with him for a long time.
The publication also pointed out that the release of his new video, Lazarus, where he appeared as a patient strapped in bed, is a strong telling detail of his death.
"Look up here, I'm in heaven," the singer said in his lines.
Despite his decision to keep his illness a secret, the musician has confided to Ivo van Hove, his musical director, who was made to swear an oath not to divulge it.
In a radio interview, van Hove attested to having witnessed Bowie's anxiety of not witnessing his 15-year old kid grow up. He also shared that the singer collapsed in the backstage and during rehearsals, he is 'very fragile - physically, not mentally.'
In his Facebook account via BBC, it was said that Bowie battled with cancer for eighteen months.
"His death was no different from his life - a work of art. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us," producer Toni Visconti wrote on his social media.
Sir Paul Mccartney also reminisced his moments with the 69-year old musician saying he is a 'great star.'
David Bowie is born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 in Brixton, south London. His birthday coincidentally falls on the same date where other legends-Elvis Presley, Gypsy Rose Lee, novelist Dennis Wheatley among others were born, The Guardian recounted.