I watched the 'Lazarus' video from Bowie's last album - Black Star - last night, and understood why Rick Wakeman described even his death as an artwork. Before then, I thought Wakeman was going a bit over the top. It's on Vimeo, if you want to see it.
Did I tell you I once ran into Prince Philip in Woolworth? He was at the Pick 'n' Mix section, stuffing his trousers with Bull's Eyes.
Bowie isn't the first person to use the theme of Lazarus just before their death. Dennis Potter did the same by writing a screenplay in which his brain is launched into the future, and he is awakened enough to portray scenes from his Forest of Dean childhood to a bunch of scientists a hundred years or so later. I did a post on it once, and I have the box set of his last T.V. plays.
He only allowed the broadcast of them to happen after his death, and he insisted that they should be shown on all channels (when there were only two) simultaneously. Genius.
I have never seen anything that is more like a dead person speaking to use from beyond the grave. I really believe that with this last play, he actually succeeded in doing this, and I cannot think of anyone who has done it before or since.