Final album was released on singer's 69th birthday just days before his death
‘Blackstar’ was released on Bowie’s 69th birthday last Friday (January 8), shortly before he passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”.
Journalist Michael Azerrad was the first to notice that a ‘black star’ is a medical term for a type of cancer lesion, reporting the news in a now-deleted tweet.
A ‘black star’ is a “proliferative breast lesion… described as long and thin with radiating radiolucent linear structures, which against a radiolucent fat background gives a black star or dark star appearance”.
Bowie’s illness had been kept secret from the public, although reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.
‘Blackstar’, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘The Next Day, is expected to top the UK Albums Chart this week, as well as bringing Bowie his first-ever US Number One album.