Tributes for the late David Bowie have been posted all over the world (and Internet) since the star died of cancer Jan. 10 at age 69. Bowie’s son Duncan Jones shared one letter about his legacy from a British palliative care doctor this weekend, when he retweeted a link to it this past weekend, marking the first time he’s posted something since confirming his father’s death on Jan. 11.
Dr. Mark Taubert wrote, “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.”
Taubert addressed the letter to Bowie himself, and acknowledged both his musical contributions — “Thank you for the Eighties when your ChangesOneBowie album provided us with hours of joyful listening” — and the importance of how he spent his final days.
“The photos that emerged of you some days after your death were said to be from the last weeks of your life,” Taubert wrote. “I do not know whether this is correct, but I am certain that many of us would like to carry off a sharp suit the same way that you did in those photos. You looked great, as always, and it seemed in direct defiance of all the scary monsters that the last weeks of life can be associated with.”
Taubert ended the letter by recounting a conversation he had with a patient of his who had just received news “that she would probably not live much longer than a year or so.” “We both wondered who may have been around you when you took your last breath and whether anyone was holding your hand,” he said. “I believe this was an aspect of the vision she had of her own dying moments that was of utmost importance to her, and you gave her a way of expressing this most personal longing to me, a relative stranger.”
Read the full letter here.