Though he had battled the disease for the last 18 months of his life, his death came as a surprise to many outside of his closest friends and family. His career had spanned more then half a century, but he had seemed to kicked off a resurgence in 2013 with the release of The Next Day, which came after a ten year gap of new studio recordings. That album was followed up with an appearance on Arcade Fire's "Reflektor," the Nothing Has Changed compilation, a retrospective box set, his off-Broadway play Lazarus, and another new album, Blackstar. Seemingly few saw that the album was his goodbye to the world.
He ended his life in a way that it seems only David Bowie could. He was a man who constantly challenged our expectations on music, style, beauty, and reinvention; it seems only fitting that he would challenge our expectations of how a celebrity handles their end of life. He knew it was towards the end, but certainly couldn't have predicted when his moment would come. There's something a bit mystical about the timing of it; to release what amounts to a farewell record just before passing away. In true Bowie fashion, he was eccentric, innovative, and excellent right up until the end.
Goodbye Mr. Bowie! And thank you for give us so much amazing music!