The final two promotional photos of David Bowie shows the rock icon dressed in a suit and bowler hat, smiling as he was having his pictures taken by his longtime photographer Jimmy King.
— Only4RM (@Only4RM) January 12, 2016
The photos, taken to accompany his final album Blackstar, were released on Bowie’s Instagram and official website two days before he died from liver cancer.
“Why is this man so happy? Is it because it’s his 69th birthday or that he has released his 28th studio album today and it’s a corker,” the official caption reads.
“Who knows, but we’re sure you’ll want to join us in congratulating him on both.”
“Fashion fans may like to note that our man is wearing Thom Browne,” the caption adds.
The last picture taken of David Bowie, published on his birthday, January 8th 2016. Photo by Jimmy King. pic.twitter.com/vBX5A50XmU
— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) January 12, 2016
“I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life,” Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti wrote on his Facebook. “His death was no different from his life—a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift.”