After a period of online silence, David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, has returned to social media to share a touching tribute to his late father.
On Monday, Jones retweeted a link to a moving note written by palliative care specialist Dr. Mark Taubert. Prior to sending the letter out to his followers, Jones last tweeted on Jan. 11, the day after his father's death.
"Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all," he wrote.
The note shared by Jones praises Bowie for his vast body of work and thanks him for inspiring others -- one of Taubert's own patients in particular -- who are suffering from terminal illnesses.
"Oh no, don’t say it’s true -- whilst realization of your death was sinking in during those grey, cold January days of 2016, many of us went on with our day jobs," the letter began. "At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life."
Taubert then mentions how Bowie's story became a way for him to talk to his patient about death, making it easier for her to accept the end of her life.
"Your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation," he wrote.
Taubert went on to thank the legendary Starman for everything from the '80s to Berlin to his latest album, "Blackstar," all while outlining just how significant the singer's work was throughout his own life and career. The doctor also expressed gratitude to Bowie for bringing attention, purposefully or not, to the importance of palliative care.
"I am a palliative care doctor, and what you have done in the time surrounding your death has had a profound effect on me and many people I work with," he wrote. "Many people I talk to as part of my job think that death predominantly happens in hospitals, in very clinical settings, but I presume you chose home and planned this in some detail."
He continued, "This is one of our aims in palliative care, and your ability to achieve this may mean that others will see it as an option they would like fulfilled."
To read Taubert's full letter, click here.
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