“Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth,” the Eurythmics singer wrote in a message accompanied by a photo of the star during his Aladdin Sane-era, wearing the signature red lightning bolt on his face. “At the loss of someone who has impacted and influenced your life, you can hardly begin to measure the shape of what’s left behind. Our personal and collective inner landscape has shifted and we’re trying to come to terms with it.”
Lennox then reflected on mortality and complimented Bowie’s final work, Blackstar, which had been released on his 69th birthday and just two days prior to his passing. “No one exists forever and it seems our elegant gentleman was well aware that his last mortal chapter was about to reach its conclusion,” she began. “Blackstar was his parting gift. Provocative and nightmarishly ‘otherworldly’… we are jolted towards the twilight realms of epileptic seizures and voodoo scarecrows.”
The singer ended her statement with a poetic tribute to his legacy and forward-thinking nature of his work. “The bejewelled (sp) remains of Major Tom lie dormant in a dust coated space suit…It leaves me breathless. You must see it to believe it…He knew…He could see through it all.”
In 1992, Bowie and Lennox performed “Under Pressure” at a tribute concert for Freddie Mercury who had passed away the year before. Bowie and Mercury had originally released the duet a decade prior.
Read Annie Lennox’s full tribute below: