Duncan Jones — David Bowie's son from his first marriage — returned to social media on Sunday to share a letter from a British palliative care physician written to the late singer.
The 44-year-old announced his decision to be "offline for a while" following the tragic loss of his father, but broke his silence by retweeting a post from the Marie Curie cancer charity account.
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The letter was written by Dr. Mark Taubert and poignantly thanked the Starman singer for all of his efforts both musically and personally. Taubert says Bowie inspires others even after his death:
The letter explains how Bowie's death helps those experiencing similar health trials:
"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."
Among many other things, the doctor also expressed gratitude for Bowie's musical genius:
"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. I have often heard how meticulous you were in your life. For me, the fact that your gentle death at home coincided so closely with the release of your album, with its good-bye message, in my mind is unlikely to be coincidence. All of this was carefully planned, to become a work of death art. The video of 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."
What a touching letter.
We're sure Duncan and the rest of Bowie's family find peace in knowing how much of a lasting impact the legend had on so many lives.
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