It’s double heartbreak for David Bowie’s closest friends — as they mourn the dead rock star after already having supported him through an earlier bout with cancer!
“It was the best kept secret in show biz,” an insider told The ENQUIRER, “until he became sick again and everyone came together to help him make one last album!”
Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10, in New York City.
That same weekend, record producer Tony Visconti and Bowie’s longtime drummer Woody Woodmansey had been performing shows in the Bowie tribute band that they had secretly assembled to celebrate the life of the dying star!
The rock legend had been enjoying critical acclaim since returning from a long hiatus that he had taken between the release of the 2003 album “Reality” and 2013’s “The Next Day.”
“We’re not even sure if Woody knew about David’s cancer,” said the insider.
“He announced that he was ‘as shocked as everyone else,’ but even people who knew that David was sick weren’t ready for this.
“David was frail, but he had beat cancer before — and everyone was hoping that he could do it again!”
The insider also dismissed speculation that Bowie had given up treatment for his cancer to end his life with the release of his final album — as the new “Blackstar” came out on January 8, which was his 69th birthday.
“People are thinking that because David seemed so happy and healthy in his final days,” the source told The ENQUIRER.
“But he had a 15-year-old daughter with [supermodel wife] Iman, and David would have never done that to either of them!”