David Bowie’s last music video was titled “Lazarus.” Many are speculating that because he struggled with cancer for 18 months, this video and song were his final goodbye to his fans. The images in the video, along with the words, seem fitting with this theory.
“Look up here now, I’m in heaven… I’ve got nothing to lose.”
Even the album cover was different. All his covers before had Bowie’s photo. This was his first album cover that did not have a photo of Bowie but, instead, a fragmented black star.
A Redditor, @noreason_, commented on a thread about the song: “If this was truly intended to be his final work (and not just a tragic circumstance), I think the final song and final message on the album is truly poetic and masterful.”
Producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on the final album, Blackstar, wrote on his Facebook page that it was Bowie’s “parting gift”:
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.
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