Yesterday the world was rocked by the passing of David Bowie after an 18-month battle with cancer. Now, his producer has confirmed that Bowie’s last record was a carefully planned farewell to his fans.
“Lazarus” was released on Friday — on Bowie’s 69th birthday and just two days before his death. The song opens with the lyrics “Look up here. I’m in Heaven!”
The poignant music video shows Bowie in a hospital bed, at one point floating above it, and at the end, stepping backward into a wooden wardrobe and closing the door.
“Lazarus” is from Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. His producer, Tony Visconti, wrote on Facebook that Bowie’s “death was no different from his life — a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”