The promo photos from David Bowie's final album have landed, and his looks skews more The Thin White Duke than Ziggy Stardust.
On Friday – the icon's 69th birthday and the release day of his new album Blackstar – a striking shot of a beaming Bowie suited up in Thom Browne was posted to his official Instagram account.
Shot by Bowie's longtime photographer Jimmy King, the photo is believed to be taken from his last official photo shoot.
Bowie died Sunday in New York, surrounded by family after battling cancer for 18 months. But the pop culture mainstay was busy creating until the end. The day before Blackstar's release, Bowie dropped his prescient ''Lazarus'' music video (sample lyric: "Look up here / I'm in heaven"). And in December, Bowie made his final public appearance, stepping out for the opening night of Lazarus, the musical he cowrote.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE AND ★ "That's the message that I sent..." 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? Who knows, but we're sure you'll want to join us in congratulating him on both. Many happy returns of the day to David Bowie and ★ (Fashion fans may like to note that our man is wearing Thom Browne) #Blackstar #imablackstar #BlackstarAlbum #BowieBirthday #BowieBrowne
"His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift," Bowie's Blackstar coproducer Tony Visconti wrote on Facebook Monday.