David Bowie had an angel in the form of his daughter, Alexandria, who gave him the will to live. A friend of the legendary recording artist tells media that his tenacity to battle liver cancer was powered by his 15-year-old.


“I could see the tears behind his eyes, because he was not a man to show off his emotions. He was really in deep fear,” the family friend explains. “I felt he was not in a death struggle but a struggle for life – he wanted to live on. He has a daughter of 15 and he really wanted to go on, but it was physically not possible. He was ill, but he wanted to live – for his wife and daughter, and for music. That became obvious to me time and time again during our collaboration.”

Bowie died due to complications caused by liver cancer on Sunday. The singer’s wife, Iman, paid tribute to her husband in a series of tweets on Monday. “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” the model wrote.

Iman also commented on the joy that Alexandria brought to her and David’s relationship during her husband’s lifetime. “We’ve always been very close, but if it’s possible we’ve been drawn even closer,” she said during an interview with Hello! a few years back. “There’s a joy or a contentment that’s almost palpable to both of us,” she added. “Overnight, our lives have been enriched beyond belief.”

Alexandria is Iman and David’s only child together. Bowie was also father to a son named Duncan.

Photo: Camera Press/Brian Aris



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