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David Bowie’s son shares a letter written to his late dad by a British palliative care doctor.

The letter, which Duncan Jones shared via Twitter (retweeting a post from the Marie Curie cancer charity), was written by a doctor, Dr. Mark Taubert, to the late “Starman” singer, thanking him for helping others face their own mortality by facing his death in the way that he did.

“A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor. http://bit.ly/1J73U4d – thanks for sharing @DrMarkTaubert,” the tweet read. The linked letter was self-explanatory.

A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor
“At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life,” Taubert wrote. “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,” Taubert continued. “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.”

Read the full letter here.

David Bowie passed away last week, surrounded by loved ones, after a battle with cancer.

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  • I’m sure he affected many people throughout his life.

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  • Even in passing this amazing guy still inspires. :-)

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  • Bowie’s influences went far beyond his music – he was a remarkable person.

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  • People seem to have been touched far and wide.

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  • Yes that is so like him.

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  • yes david would be happy to hear that his life and art was a gift

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  • Working as a palliative care doctor must be so difficult. I’m glad he could help his patient with David Bowie’s songs.


    • A tough job, but incredibly rewarding too.

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  • Wow, he certainly was an amazing man and he still is RIP David bowie

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  • even in passing he inspires and strikes thought.

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  • That is an interesting read. Bowie was a truly talented and inspiring individual.

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