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David Bowie's cousin pens letter about their childhood: 'He exceeded all his father’s dreams'

In a post titled 'A Musical Child', we learn more about the late legend's past

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David Bowie's cousin has written a letter reflecting on their childhood.

Bowie passed away from cancer last month (January 10), two days after his 69th birthday and the release of final album 'Blackstar'.

His cousin, Kristina Amadeus, has since opened up about her time growing up with the star in response to an obituary published by The Economist.

Writing a letter to The Economist editor, titled 'A Musical Child', she revealed how Bowie's father had encouraged him to follow his dreams of being an entertainer "from the time he was a toddler".

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She recalled how the Ziggy Stardust legend's first instruments were "a plastic saxophone, a tin guitar and a xylophone" and that "he also owned a record player when few children had one".

Amadeus went on to state in the letter: "When he was 11 we danced like possessed elves to the records of Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. David’s father took him to meet singers and other performers preparing for the Royal Variety Performance.

"I remember one afternoon in the late 1950s when David was introduced to Dave King, Alma Cogan and Tommy Steele. 'My son is going to be an entertainer, too' he said. 'Aren’t you, David?' 'Yes, Daddy,' David squeaked in his childish high-pitched voice, his face flushed and beaming with pride."

She concluded: "Although Uncle John never lived to see David’s huge success, he was convinced it would become a reality. My beloved David fulfilled and exceeded all his father’s dreams."

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Read the full letter here. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl admitted this week that Bowie once turned down an invite to work with him on a musical film.

Grohl explained: "We played at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden and that was the last time I saw him, so that was in 1997?

"About two years ago, I got approached by this movie to do a song for the movie, so I thought, 'Maybe I'll have someone else sing, I'll do the music and then have another vocalist.' And then I thought, "Maybe I'll ask and see if David would want to do it'."

He added: "So the next day I get an email and it says, 'David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it's not my thing.' He said, 'I'm not made for these times.'"
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