Since the news of David Bowie’s death was announced yesterday and an outpouring of tributes occurred, fans are sharing what they believe to be the last photo taken of the superstar.
The photo was shared on the official Instagram account for David Bowie on January 8th, 2016 – on what was also the day of his 69th birthday and two days before his death.
His death was announced on social media on Monday. Bowie passed away, aged 69, surrounded by family after a “courageous” 18-month discreet battle with cancer.
The image, widely believed to be the last professional photograph of him, was taken by the photographer Jimmy King, a friend of Bowie's who captured his image numerous times over decades. It is not known when exactly the photo was taken.
Wearing a Thom Browne suit, hat and sporting a beaming smile, fans on social media pointed out his happiness and everlasting style, with one user commenting: “Love this photo… such a suave man… RIP Mr Bowie.. you are the man.”
@HistoricalPics This just helps confirm my theory. David chose the time and means of his exit.— Lance Buckley (@llance) January 12, 2016
Many users commented on his smile, with one writing: “Such a handsome smile. He brought me and countless others similar smiles through his work”.
Many fans took to the streets to pay tribute to the Heroes singer.
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie in 1960s
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David Bowie in 1964
David Bowie 'In Mime' at the Middle Earth Club, London, 1968
David Bowie in 1969
David Bowie performing his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1973
David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam, 1974
David Bowie in the 1970s
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David Bowie in the 1980s
David Bowie gives a press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' directed by Nagisa Oshima, during the 36th International Film Festival in Cannes, 1983
David Bowie performs on stage during a concert in La Courneuve, 1987
David Bowie during his concert in West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987
David Bowie shakes hands with Princess Diana, 1993
David Bowie autographs copies of his newest album 'Outside' at the grand opening of a Herald Square music store 26 September 1995 in New York
David Bowie performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival, 1996
David Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, 1997
David Bowie getting ready to perform 'Earthling' at the Phoenix Music Festival in 1997
David Bowie on stage performing during the Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City, 2001
David Bowie Meltdown concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, June 2002
David Bowie performing during his concert at the Stravinski hall stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 2002
David Bowie in 'Last Call with Carson Daly' TV programme taping in New York, 2003
David Bowie walks with his with wife Iman and daughter Alexandria (2) in New York, 2003
David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park, in Newport, UK
David Bowie poses with a pig, 2004
David Bowie and Kate Moss at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library in New York City, 2005
David Bowie and model Iman arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 2008
David Bowie anf Tilda Swinton at the MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit in New York, 2013
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton on 11 January 2016
An impromptu street party took place in Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton, south London where the Ritzy Cinema displayed the message: “DAVID BOWIE. OUR BRIXTON BOY. RIP.”
Elsewhere around the world, mourners left flowers at Bowie’s New York apartment and former home in Berlin.
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