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What David Bowie’s death says about art

David Bowie learned he had liver cancer 18 months ago. Six months later, doctors told him it was terminal. He'd already suffered a series of heart attacks. The writing was on the wall, and he agonized over the realization that he wouldn't get to see his 15-year-old daughter Alexandria grow up. And yet, there he was writing music, sending thank you messages to his oldest collaborators, working on musicals and videos -- often to the point of collapse. His final album, Blackstar was his farewell. The lyrics to Lazarus stare at mortality and grin like a Cheshire Cat. "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 Look up here, man, I’m in danger I’ve got nothing left to...

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