David Bowie and Iman were the loves of each other's lives, totally inseparable since they met at a birthday party in 1990. While fans around the world mourn the loss of one of music's most profound artists, his loving wife must find ways to cope with saying goodbye to David Jones, devoted father, husband and best friend.
Despite her pain at his loss, Iman is trying to stay strong, not least for the sake of the couple's 15-year-old daughter, Lexi. She is coping with his absence by making funeral arrangements that will be a fitting tribute to her husband of nearly 24 years.
Her longtime friend Bethann Hardison told People on Tuesday, "She's fine. We're fine. We're holding up. It comes in waves, you know. He's a great loss, not just a loss as an artist but as a human."
David's private battle with cancer began 18 months ago and was kept from his fans and many of his closest friends. Iman was by his side throughout and, aware that the end was close, posted a series of moving tributes to her husband on social media last week in honour of his 69th birthday. One poignantly read, "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
The supermodel will no doubt take comfort from the outpouring of love and support she has received following David's death, and the overwhelming tributes to her late husband from around the world.
In London, a sea of flowers, candles and paintings were left at a famous mural of David in Brixton, while other fans visited his birthplace in nearby Stansfield Road. As darkness fell on Monday, hours after David's death was announced, hundreds gathered in the street to celebrate his life with impromptu performances of some of his biggest hits.
"We hugged, we wept, we laughed, and we danced. We screamed 'Starman' at the sky hoping that whatever planet-universe he has returned to, he could still feel the love and heartbreak emanating from Brixton and the entire world tonight," one mourner at the Aladdin Sane mural said.
Similarly, in New York, fans flocked to David and Iman's Soho apartment to leave flowers, records and candles. A memorial concert is being planned for Carnegie Hall in March, which may well be attended by Iman, Lexi and Duncan, David's son from his first marriage.
Madonna, Alicia Keys, Zoe Saldana and Cyndi Lauper are among the celebrities who have publicly sent their love and best wishes. Coco Rocha wrote, "The world lost an amazing artist but my thoughts are with Iman who lost a husband and best friend."