David Bowie Look Up Here, I’m In Heaven

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Submitted by Don Graham

The world was shocked to wake up to news of the passing of an icon, musical superstar David Bowie. Although not many even knew he was sick; Bowie had been battling cancer in private for 18 months. But Bowie knew his days were numbered when he made one final public appearance in December 2015 at the New York City premiere of his off-Broadway musical –‘Lazarus’. The press wrote that he looked so well, so healthy but it was reported later that when he left, he collapsed.

Bowie’s passing came after a difficult few years during which he suffered half a dozen heart attacks related to his cancer. But that didn’t stop the icon from creating as he just released his new album “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. His sense of timing is eerie, he released “Space Oddity” only days before the moon landing in 1969.

Bowie and his camp managed to keep his deteriorating health quiet, his devoted supermodel wife Iman knew the end was near as she posted a series of social media messages just before he took his passing on Sunday. On the Saturday she tweeted, “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” and on Sunday, “The struggle is real, but so is God.” Bowie passed away surrounded by his loving family. Bowie was born in England, but had become a true New Yorker. He spent his last months in Nolita, an area in New York named for its location, North of Little Italy. He had lived in a 5,300-square-foot penthouse apartment with his wife, Iman since 1999.

Quotes on Bowie's impact poured in from around the world on beyond. From the international Space Station Astronaut Tim Peake said, "Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer - his music was an inspiration to many." The Rolling Stones,"The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Iggy Pop, "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is." Ricky Gervais ,"I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie."

Station to Station Tour in 1970's David Bowie and Ed PrestonPhoto Credit John RowlandsStation to Station Tour in 1970's David Bowie and Ed Preston
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Former President of RCA Records in Canada, Ed Preston had this to say, “There were many happy memories with David thru the years, but the really indelible one would be The 1973 Valentine’s Day Concert at Radio City Music Hall. RCA USA rolled out the Red Carpet for this Concert and invited our Canadian Promo and Sales Team to join with theirs and many US Record Dealers to this show. There was complete silence in the audience when the show was about to start. Then the sound of Space Ships, and a voice over of “Ground Control to Major TOM .and descending from the heavens high above the stage came David Bowie “A Space Oddity” to be sure. The crowd went nuts. A standing ovation at the opening of a show, incredible Glam Rock had arrived in America. The numerous occasions of Gold Record Presentations we made to Bowie throughout the 70’s were always special as he took time to thank everyone he could for their efforts on his behalf. RCA ran ads in the 70s that read: “THERE’S OLD WAVE AND THERE’S NEW WAVE………AND THERE’S DAVID BOWIE”. David Bowie receiving Canadian Gold from RCA president Ed PrestonPhoto Credit John RowlandsDavid Bowie receiving Canadian Gold from RCA president Ed Preston
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It was never more evident than when he did the Black and White concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1978. Absolutely Brilliant. For me his music was all inclusive, a little something special for everyone. Lots of Personal Memories. Now I’m out to get the New Album.”

David Bowie’s body has reportedly been privately cremated in New York following his death. In line with his wishes, no family or friends were present at the ceremony in the city where he had lived for much of his life, the Daily Mirror reported.

The cremation took place soon after his death, avoiding a funeral service for a star who had valued his deeply private lifestyle.

And in David Bowies own words, from his last release “Lazarus”:

“Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Rest in peace David Robert Jones, your light will forever shine here on planet earth.

David Bowie: Lazarus