Duncan Jones, the son of the late David Bowie, has shared a tribute to his father from a palliative care doctor who praises the singer for inspiring others coming to the end of their life.
Bowie died on 10 January surrounded by friends and family after a private 18-month cancer illness.
Following a statement announcing his death through the glam rock singer’s social media accounts, Jones, 44, shared a photo of himself as a child on his father’s shoulders and wrote: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Yesterday, Jones shared just one of the many tributes paid to his father:
Posted on the blog section of the British Medical Journal’s website, Dr Mark Taubert – an NHS palliative care consultant from Cardiff – wrote an open letter to Bowie.
Aside from celebrating Bowie’s music and influence when he was growing up in the 1980s, Dr Taubert thanked the singer for his most recent work Blackstar, which since his death has topped the UK and US album charts. The single and haunting music video for 'Lazarus', in particular, has provided a poignant new meaning since his death.
“I’m a palliative care doctor, and what you have done in the time surrounding your death has had a profound effect on me and many people I work with," he wrote.
“… For me, the fact that your gentle death at home coincided so closely with the release of your album, with its goodbye message, in my mind is unlikely to be a coincidence. All of this was carefully planned, to become a work of death art. The video for 'Lazarus' is very deep and many of the scenes will mean different things to us all; for me it is about dealing with the past when you are faced with inevitable death.”
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
Dr Taubert also wrote of his patient who has recently been told her advanced cancer had spread and how Bowie’s story helped them both.
“We discussed your death and your music, and it got us talking about numerous weighty subjects, that are not always straightforward to discuss with someone facing their own demise. In fact, your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death…”
“She talked about you and loved your music… She too, had memories of places and events for which you provided an idiosyncratic soundtrack… We both wondered who may have been around you when you took your last breath and whether anyone was holding your hand. I believe this was an aspect of the vision she had of her own dying moments that was of upmost importance to her and you gave her a way of expressing this most personal longing to me, a relative stranger.”
Various tributes from music, entertainment and politics emerged after Bowie’s death and some fans attended an impromptu street party in his birthplace of Brixton to celebrate his life.