David Bowie released his final album “Blackstar” on Friday, his 69th birthday. On Sunday, David Bowie died peacefully at the age of 69 after having quietly battled cancer for the past 18 months. On the same day that “Blackstar” came out, David also released a music video for the album’s first single, “Lazarus.” David Bowie did not leave this world without thinking of his fans and saying a final goodbye: “Look up here, I’m in heaven.”
David Bowie’s “Blackstar” album was his 47th album, according to a January 11 NBC News report, and while singing the track’s lyrics, frail Bowie is lying in his bed – but singing. His song begins with the words for his fans “Look up here, I’m in heaven. I’ve got scars that can’t be seen.”
Viewers’ reactions to David Bowie’s final goodbye on “Lazarus” are heartbreaking:
“At first, I was going to come here to YouTube and pull up some of the many wonderful songs by David Bowie that I first started hearing almost 50 years ago and that influenced and inspired me in so many ways. Now, I am so glad that I first checked out some of these new songs. These most recent and most final songs are among his very best ever in my opinion.”
“I agree entirely. This haunting tune will be in my head for quite some time.”
“He was in pain making this. I was surprised he even got out of his bed to do this video.”
“He was suffering, that song made me cry… he’s in heaven with all the other legendary rockers. Thank you David Bowie for your music, you will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace you legend.”
David Bowie’s “Lazarus” single for “Blackstar” has been viewed more than 11 million times and shows the legend leaving behind an incredible goodbye. Besides millions of mourning fans, David Bowie is leaving behind his wife of 23 years, fashion model Iman, their 15-year-old daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, and Bowie’s son, Moon director Duncan Jones, from a previous marriage.
David Bowie’s longtime producer, Tony Visconti, worked with Bowie on his final album, “Blackstar” and wrote on Facebook that the record was a “parting gift,” and that the Thin White Duke knew it would be his last release of original music.
“He made ‘Blackstar’ for us,” Visconti wrote.
“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”.