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David Bowie death: haunting 'parting gift' to fans in final film clip for Lazarus

It has been hailed as his goodbye to fans. 

Released just days before his death, David Bowie's final video clip, in which he lies in a hospital bed and sings about being in heaven, is a haunting case of life imitating art.

His death at the age of 69 on Sunday came as a shock to millions after the release of his final studio album, Blackstar, just two days before he succumbed to an 18-month cancer battle.

In a heartfelt statement posted to Facebook, Bowie's producer Tony Visconti confirmed the English singer's final works were his way of saying goodbye.

"He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of art," Visconti wrote.


"He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it.

"He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

Bowie's haunting final video clip shows the legendary musician lying in a hospital bed with gauze over his eyes, singing about being in heaven and finally being free.

"Look up here, I'm in heaven/

I've got scars that can't be seen/

I've got drama, can't be stolen/

Everybody knows me now"

It also shows Bowie in a spandex suit, reminiscent of his Ziggy Stardust era, and furiously writing a letter before he's dragged back into a wooden armoire.

Fans have flooded the YouTube video with their own interpretations of the now poignant clip.

"What an incredible way to say goodbye in his own way," one person wrote. "He knew he would be leaving soon and this video, and the song, really telegraph that to his fans. What an amazing song and what an amazing artist. Rest in peace."

The singer largely withdrew from the public eye in the last decade of his life, keeping his health battles a secret. His son confirmed the sad news of his death on Twitter.