Ricky Gervais Reveals David Bowie Hid His Cancer Battle From Everyone

He kept his sickness a secret.

Ricky Gervais and David Bowie were really good friends even until the rockstar’s untimely end.

But as close as they were, the funnyman is now admitting he was totally caught off-guard to learn the late legend had passed away.

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The comedian told BBC‘s Radio 5 Live that he had no idea the rocker was sick, explaining that they had talked two weeks before the musician lost his battle with cancer:

“[His death] was a total surprise. I was emailing him two weeks before, so he must have known. He kept it from everyone.”

In the year leading up to his death, the artist had discussed his diagnosis with very few people, including his producer and band members.

The Office alum applauded the star’s decision to keep his sickness a secret, adding:

“What dignity. He was an amazing man. It was something for him and his family. Dignity to the end. And amazing work to the end.”

The 54-year-old also opened up about his longtime friendship with the icon, saying:

“After The Office we sort of became pen pals. I hung out with him when I went to New York. I hung out with him here when he came to England.”

He also reflected on the time Mr. Bowie was on an episode of his comedy series, Extra, singing a spoof song about the actor’s character:

“He was amazing in Extras. I sent him the lyrics and I said: ‘Do something quite retro like Life On Mars and he went: ‘Oh yeah, I’ll just knock off a quick Life On Mars.'”

While we’re still saddened by the loss of the music great, we’re glad his legacy will live on in his art, as well as the memories of his friends, family, and fans.

[Image via Getty Images.]

Apr 25, 2016 4:29pm PDT

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