David Bowie's Son Ends His Social Media Silence to Share a Doctor's Thank You Letter
"Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all." Jones Tweeted shortly after the news of Bowie's passing had broken.
On Sunday, Jones returned to the popular social media platform to retweet a link to a letter written to his late father by a British palliative care physician. The letter was originally shared by the Marie Curie organization.
The letter, which can be read in full here, was written by Dr. Mark Taubert and shared how Bowie's private approach to his health and palliative care helped to ease the fears of his own patient.
"At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life," Taubert wrote. "We discussed your death and your music, and it got us talking about numerous weighty subjects, that are not always straightforward to discuss with someone facing their own demise. In fact, your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation."
Taubert went on to thank the late singer for a number of things—from a gig he performed in Cardiff to "Lazarus," the haunting single off of Blackstar, the album he released just days before his death.
"Thank you for Lazarus and Blackstar," Taubert said. "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. Your album is strewn with references, hints and allusions. As always, you don't make interpretation all that easy, but perhaps that isn't the point."