There are multiple Bowie anniversaries this week. He died on Jan. 10, 2016, after a private battle with cancer. Jan. 8 is his birthday and he would have been 74 this year.
“That’s the saddest time,” Iman, Bowie's widow, said of the back-to-back anniversaries.
But she feels his spirit, explaining, “He’s hiding in plain sight. His fans are still around, his music is still relevant.”
Iman said that she likes to spend the anniversary of Bowie’s death with her family, but last year she traveled to northern California to mark it under the redwoods.
"On the day of his passing, I went on a hike and a bluebird flew in front of me. A bluebird, above all things!” she marveled.
Weeks before his death, Bowie released “Lazarus,” on Dec. 17, 2015, in which he sings about being “in heaven” and referenced being free “just like that bluebird.”
“I asked the tour guide, and he said, ‘Oh, they’re very rare here, bluebirds,’” Iman recalled. “And so now, instead of remembering it as sad, it is more of a joyous day” because she “absolutely” felt his presence.
Iman has said she will never remarry.. that Bowie was her true love.