David Bowie already knew the date of his death since the late 1970s, according to keyboardist Mike Garson, who played regularly with him and worked on nine studio albums by Bowie. The legendary musician died on January 10, 2016, after an 18-month battle against liver cancer. He was 69 years old.
The story will appear in a new edition of keyboardist biography, Bowie’s Piano Man: The Life Of Mike Garson, which will be published in May by Backbeat Books. Garson says that after meeting with a medium in the late 1970s, Bowie was convinced he would not be over 69 or 70.
Read what he said:
“[The medium] told him the exact date on which he would die. I know a lot of these guys are crazy, but this one was real. David knew this and did not doubt it for a second. He told me about the meeting, said he had accepted that fact and that he would plan his future based on it. He was 30, 40 years old to think about what he still wanted to do, “he recalled in an interview with Billboard.
Previously, Garson had told the story to Francis Whately, director of the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years, but in a different version in which Bowie had dreamed that he would die at age 69. “It was really cool about the way Mike talked about it,” Whately said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “They talked about it again after 20 years and David said he still remembered that dream.”
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