How David Bowie said goodbye to his fans

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Screenshot from David Bowie's music video Lazarus via YouTube.

NEW YORK -- David Bowie's last record was a carefully planned farewell to his fans, his producer has confirmed.

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'Lazarus' was released on Friday - Bowie's 69th birthday and just two days before his death. The song opens with the lyrics "Look up here. I'm in Heaven!"

The video, also released last week, shows Bowie in a hospital bed, at one point floating above it, and at the end, stepping backward into a wooden wardrobe and closing the door.

'Lazarus' is from Bowie's final album, Blackstar. His producer, Tony Visconti, wrote on Facebook that Bowie's "death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."

David Bowie died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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