The musician was taking part in Letters Live
The event invites celebrities to read important or historical letters written by other people. The likes of Kylie Minogue and Benedict Cumberbatch have taken part in the past.
Cocker read a letter by palliative care doctor Mark Taubert. It had been published on the BMJ website the week after Bowie passed away in January.
Taubert wrote of Bowie’s impact on him and his friends during the eighties and around the time the Berlin Wall was brought down. He also spoke of Bowie’s condition from the perspective of a doctor.
In one passage, Taubert talked about how grateful he was to Bowie for the plans he made in the lead-up to his death, including the release of his last album ‘Blackstar’, as the Telegraph reports.
“Many people I talk to as part of my job think that death predominantly happens in hospitals, in very clinical settings, but I presume you chose home and planned this in some detail,” he wrote. “This is one of our aims in palliative care, and your ability to achieve this may mean that others will see it as an option they would like fulfilled.
“The photos that emerged of you some days after your death were said to be from the last weeks of your life. I do not know whether this is correct, but I am certain that many of us would like to carry off a sharp suit in the same way that you did in those photos. You looked great, as always, and it seemed in direct defiance of all the scary monsters that the last weeks of life can be associated with.”
Watch the video of Cocker reading the letter below.