In a new interview with Rolling Stone, longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti revealed the late artist expressed an interest in making one more album after the release of Blackstar. The conversation took place about a week before his death, and Bowie wrote five new tracks for the project. "At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar," Visconti said.
He continued, "I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least. Obviously, if he's excited about doing his next album, he must've thought he had a few more months. So the end must've been very rapid. I'm not privy to it. I don't know exactly, but he must've taken ill very quickly after that phone call."
Bowie battled cancer for 18 months and learned in November that his illness was terminal. Throughout a roller coaster of improving and worsening conditions, Bowie finished Blackstar before his final diagnosis. Even then, Visconti had identified that Bowie was writing it as a farewell album. "His energy was still incredible for a man who had cancer. He never showed any fear. He was just all business about making the album."
According to People, there are no plans for a memorial service for Bowie's family. This news remains consistent with the public requests by his family to maintain their privacy during this difficult time.