David Bowie collaborator says late star was ‘optimistic’ about getting cancer treatment before death

Theatre producer Robert Fox worked with Bowie on stage play Lazarus

David Bowie had remained hopeful that he would get treatment and survive the battle with cancer which killed him, according to one of his final collaborators.

Theatre producer Robert Fox, who worked with Bowie on stage play Lazarus, tells The Guardian that the cancer was something which he hoped would be cured and that he never complained, despite being unable to contribute to the production as often as he would like.

“The work was great and working with him was wonderful but it wasn’t great that he wasn’t well,” Fox said. “It was not good at all. Some days he just wasn’t able to be around, but whenever he could be, it [his cancer] didn’t interfere with his contribution. It was just horrible for him, rather than difficult for us.

“He would talk about his illness only to the extent that it affected his work. Not in any other way. He never grumbled. But I don’t think he planned on not being around. He was optimistic that something (a treatment) would come along that meant that he could be.”

Fox also suggests that Lazarus and ‘Blackstar’, Bowie’s final album, are not necessarily any more morbid than they would have been if he was not terminally ill. “The struggle with mortality goes on whether or not you’re unwell,” he said. “People write about that stuff even when they’re in perfectly good health.”


As reported, producer Tony Visconti has revealed Bowie was planning to record and release another album after ‘Blackstar’. It was previously suggested in a separate report that there is material leftover from the ‘Blackstar’ sessions which could see a future release.

David Bowie has been cremated in New York according to reports. It is believed he was privately cremated without any friends and family present, as per his wishes. He wanted “to go without any fuss”, a source told two UK newspapers.

He passed away on Sunday (January 10) following an 18 month battle with cancer. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

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