David Bowie seems to have had a profound effect on his palliative care doctor, who penned an open letter so touching that David's son Duncan Jones couldn't help but share it. The grieving 44-year-old film director told followers he was taking a hiatus from social media at the time of his father's death, but returned to share the doctor's note.
Duncan retweeted a link from the Marie Curie charity which featured a letter written by Dr. Mark Taubert to the late star, who revealed how David's private 18-month cancer battle helped him to lessen the fears of a dying patient.
Dr. Taubert wrote, "At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life. 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."
— Marie Curie (@mariecurieuk) January 17, 2016
The doctor also thanked David for his most recent album, Blackstar, and lead single Lazarus, which he said had a "profound effect" on both himself and the people he works with.
"Your album is strewn with references, hints and allusions," he wrote. "For me, that fact that your gentle death at home coincided so closely with the release of your album, with its good-bye message, in my mind is unlikely to be coincidence. All of this was very carefully planned, to become a work of death art."
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
David passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, just two days after he celebrated his 69th birthday and the release of his 28th album. Sales surged in the days after he passed away, with the album reaching number one in both the U.K. and U.S., marking David's first number-one album in the United States.