David Bowie's Twitter Goodbye Is A Bittersweet Work Of Genius
12 January 2016, 11:03 | Updated: 21 December 2019, 10:57
As tributes to David Bowie, dead at 69, flooded in yesterday, it became apparent that the always surprising pop legend had planned his artful exit from this world meticulously.
There was the release of final album Blackstar just two days before he passed away. Final single "Lazarus" opened with the lyric "Look up here, I'm in Heaven!", it's video set in a hospital bed before Bowie recoils into a dark cupboard in the final moments, bidding goodbye to fans one last time.
Frequent collaborator Tony Visconti confirmed that this had been Bowie's plan all along:
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.Tony Visconti
But Bowie had also made sure to add in a few moments of humour for his final moments.
For example, eagle-eyed twitter users have recently uncovered the final account the great man followed.
#bowie The final follow of Bowie's official Twitter account @DavidBowieReal should make you laugh and cry— Inside Croydon (@InsideCroydon) January 11, 2016
The final account followed by David Bowie's Twitter though... @DavidBowieReal pic.twitter.com/9PBIpL7qO9— Wayne B (@MrWayneyB) January 11, 2016
David Bowie's final Twitter follow was God. Trolling us until the very end, and then after it. #RIPDavidBowie pic.twitter.com/NnbX7Gu4GO— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) January 11, 2016