David Bowie had long claimed that a psychic told him he would die at “69 or 70”, says the late star’s long-standing pianist.
Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69, with reports suggesting that he had been suffering from liver cancer for 18 months.
Mike Garson, who played on 19 of Bowie’s albums, recently penned a tribute for The Guardian, in which he claimed that Bowie long believed he would die at the age that he eventually did. The late singer reportedly admitted to Garson that he had once consulted with a psychic who predicted his death.
“When we were on the tour bus in 1996 or 1997, David said, ‘Somewhere in the late 70s I met this psychic, who told me I was gonna die around the age of 69 or 70,’ and he said this with total certainty. It didn’t sound like the ramblings of one of these crazy people: it was something which he absolutely didn’t doubt at all. I never told anyone about it, but it never left my mind,” wrote Garson.
The New York pianist – who performed with the star at his last-ever concert in 2004 – did not play on Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar’, which was released on January 8.
Meanwhile, David Bowie’s family have thanked fans for their recent “love and support” following the music icon’s passing, describing themselves as “overwhelmed and grateful”.
A message on David Bowie’s official Facebook page reads: “Thank you. The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.”
“They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”
The statement adds: “However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organised or endorsed by the family.”
“Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David’s music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.”
Read tributes to David Bowie here.