Bowie’s longtime collaborator Brian Eno communicated with him just one week before his shocking death. Eno said in a statement, "David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. We knew each other for over 40 years... Over the last few years — with him living in New York and me in London — our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were Mr Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear.”
He continued, "I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'. I realize now he was saying goodbye.”
Bowie also sent a farewell email to his friend Derek Boshier, who created the art for Bowie's 1979 “Lodger” album. Boshier told People, "Two weeks ago, he contacted me by email, and he said, 'Congratulations, I love your book ["Rethink/Re-Entry,” edited by Paul Gorman].' David was such a creative force that working with him sort of imbued that spirit onto you; he passed it on to you.”
Bowie’s death is being mourned by many in Hollywood. His wife, the supermodel Iman, posted positive messages right before the news broke. She wrote on Instagram, “The struggle is real, but so is God,” and, "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Bowie died just two days after his 69th birthday. For his birthday, his Instagram account posted promotional pics of David wearing a suit and tie. The pics, which were taken by Jimmy King, were being used for his final album “Blackstar.” The snaps may be some of the final shots taken of Bowie.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE AND ★ “That’s the message that I sent...” Why is this man so happy? Is it because it‘s his 69th birthday or that he has released his 28th studio album today and it’s a corker? Who knows, but we’re sure you’ll want to join us in congratulating him on both. Many happy returns of the day to David Bowie and ★ (Fashion fans may like to note that our man is wearing Thom Browne) #Blackstar #imablackstar #BlackstarAlbum #BowieBirthday #BowieBrowne
Though David was one of the most well-known musicians, he lived an unassuming life in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, frequenting local cafés and bookstores.
Danielo Durante, the owner of Italian café Bottega Falai, shared, "He was a very reserved person, very kind in the eyes. He would sit here and write, scribbling away in a little notebook. Considering how he was singing and acting onstage — a rock star, you know — he was a normal guy."
He would often visit McNally Jackson Bookstore with his children, Alexandria, 15, and Duncan, 44. Allison Glasgrow, who has been working there for 11 years, revealed, "He was startlingly nice. He just looked like this friendly Irish guy. I was always struck by how completely unassuming [he was]. He would walk into the space and you wouldn't know it was him until he opened his mouth.”