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Ian McCulloch wrote tribute song over David Bowie impending death rumor


Echo & the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch wrote a song eulogizing David Bowie after he heard a rumor suggesting the singer was dying, and he was blindsided when the iconic star made a surprise comeback.

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The British rocker wrote a track called "Me and David Bowie" around 18 months ago when he heard a story suggesting Bowie was seriously ill, and McCulloch couldn't believe it when the reclusive star shocked the world by releasing new music earlier this year.

"I came up with that song around a year and a half ago when there were all these rumors flying around that he was on his last legs," he said. "We don't hear anything from Bowie for years, then I write that song and all of a sudden there's a new album and an exhibition at the V&A (London's Victoria & Albert museum). F--king skinny b--tard!"

Bowie made a surprise comeback in January when he released his first new music in a decade, a single called 'Where Are We Now," which was followed by an album, "A New Day," in March.