David Bowie’s son returned to Twitter today to share a heartfelt note about his father’s death.
Film director Duncan Jones told fans he would be “offline for a while” following the sad news the music icon had passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer.
But he broke his social media silence today to share a letter written to the late singer by a palliative care doctor.
He retweeted a link posted by the Marie Curie organisation to a letter from Dr. Mark Taubert, who wrote about how Bowie’s private cancer battle helped him ease the concerns of a dying patient.
— Marie Curie (@mariecurieuk) January 17, 2016
The doctor wrote: “At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life.
“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, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation.”
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
Talking about his final album, ‘Blackstar’, the doctor wrote: “Thank you for Lazarus and Blackstar. I am 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.
“Your album is strewn with references, hints and allusions. As always, you don’t make interpretation all that easy, but perhaps that isn’t the point.”
The open letter concluded with the physician explaining how Bowie’s passing helped his patient think about her “own dying moments”.
He wrote: “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 utmost importance to her, and you gave her a way of expressing this most personal longing to me, a relative stranger.”
Bowie’s final album Blackstar was released just two days before his death.
The song Lazarus, released on December 17, is full of symbolism and opens with the lines: “Look up here, I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen, I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen, everybody knows me now.” It ends with: “Just like that bluebird. Oh, I’ll be free. Ain’t that just like me?”