'He exceeded all his father's dreams,' his cousin Kristina Amadeus wrote.

By Dana Getz
February 18, 2016 at 06:26 PM EST

Since David Bowie’s death on Jan. 10, many have remembered him for his revered ingenuity and legendary vision. His cousin, Kristina Amadeus, is the latest to sound off on his extraordinary life, revealing some of the poignant backstory that catalyzed his career in a letter to The Economist.

In response to the publication’s obituary, Amadeus penned a note detailing the pivotal role Bowie’s parents played in introducing him to music. She thanks the outlet for its “insight and sensitivity,” but says their tribute underestimated Bowie’s parents aspirations for him.

“When he was 11 we danced like possessed elves to the records of Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley,” Amadeus recalls. His father was “convinced” Bowie’s ambitions would come to fruition.

She ends the letter,”Although Uncle John never lived to see David’s huge success, he was convinced it would become a reality. My beloved David fulfilled and exceeded all his father’s dreams.”

Read the note in full over at The Economist.