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David Bowie 'helped lift lid on taboo' after death

A doctor specialising in end-of-life care who wrote a letter to David Bowie thanking him for helping him talk to people about death said the music star "helped lift the lid on a taboo subject".

Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, said it prompted a "weighty" discussion with a dying woman.

His letter was published on the blogs website page of the British Medical Journal and was retweeted by Bowie's son, Duncan Jones.

The singer died from cancer aged 69 on 10 January.

Nick Palit reports.