David Bowie died of liver cancer after a period of ill-health, sources close to the later singer have revealed.
Bowie passed away aged 69 on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”.
Prior to his death, Bowie had been working on new stage show Lazarus with director Ivo van Hove, who has stated that he knew about the star’s illness “for about a year”.
“We began collaborating on our show Lazarus and at some point he took me to one side to say that he wouldn’t always be able to be there due to his illness. He told me he had cancer, liver cancer.”
“The cast didn’t know all that time, and I suspect that the musicians with whom he recorded ‘Blackstar’ didn’t know either,” van Hove added, as reported by The Independent. “He made every effort to complete those two projects on time, not to let his illness win.”
“Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.”
Wendy Leigh, who published a biography about Bowie in 2014, has also claimed that the star had suffered a series of heart attacks prior to his passing. Leigh told BBC News: “He didn’t just battle cancer… he had six heart attacks in recent years. I got this from somebody very close to him.”
Days before his death, Bowie released his final album ‘Blackstar’ on January 8 to mark his 69th birthday.