When David Bowie died, his son, Duncan, told his followers on Twitter that he would be offline for awhile, as he grieved the loss of his dad…
But now he has broken his Twitter silence by Re-Tweeting a tweet written to the singer by a palliative care doctor.
The link was posted by the Marie Curie organisation to a letter from Dr. Mark Taubert. Taubert wrote that Bowie’s cancer battle, which he kept private, helped him ease the concerns of a dying patient.
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. 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. 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.