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On Friday, David Bowie turned 69 and released a brand new album. On Monday, the news broke that he had died…

It was news that completely shocked the world, and got everyone paying their tributes.

But it turns out not even Bowie’s closest friends knew of his condition.

Supermodel Kate Moss sent him a text on Friday, wishing him a happy birthday, but received no reply.

A source told The Sun:

David was very private about the matter but we understand it was pancreatic and then these cells became secondaries in the liver.

David suffered with the condition for 18 months, but kept his battle private. In that time, he surprised fans with new music.

His latest album, released Friday, is full of symbolism and references to his death. His single, Lazarus, has the opening line: ‘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.’

Producer Tony Visconti worked with Bowie on his latest album and said on Facebook:

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.

6 comments

  1. I hope if this is true his family will confirm this–as one of the worst cancers that needs so much more awareness it will help bring so much needed information about symptoms to help people get diagnosed earlier. My husband is currently battling this disease

  2. I lost my husband to Pancreatic Cancer 7 yrs ago..it is a very aggressive cancer..he went with dignity too..such brave men x

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