Conspiracy: Could This Inheritance Track Record Mean David Bowie Is Still Alive?


Is the writer of “Space Oddity” actually dead or just faking it?

David Bowie
Somehow conspiracy theorists have connected David Bowie’s death with opossums (photo via Mirror)

Singer-songwriter and rocker David Bowie died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday. At least, that’s what the papers reported.

Bowie first became famous for writing the hit song “Space Oddity” (the “ground control to Major Tom” song) And he continued to deliver hit music to the world with his followup album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

And when he died, conspiracy theorists say he left behind bread crumbs that show he actually faked his death.

It all started with Bowie’s inheritance. He left his longtime friend and assistant Coco Schwab a whopping $2 million of his shares in a company called Opossum Inc. At first glance, you’d think that’s just a generous gesture to an old friend.

But apparently, Opossum Inc. does not exist. At least, Bowie fans haven’t found any evidence for it. They have found a company in Brooklyn called Possum Inc., and speculate that it could be a typo, simply an absent “o.”

Of course, that’s not evidence that Bowie is still living. But conspiracy minded people think so, citing the Wikipedia entry for the animal opossum.

David Bowie
David Bowie (photo via Official Charts)

“When threatened or harmed, they will ‘play possum,’ mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal,” it reads.

So, I guess, Bowie is pretending to be dead and “playing possum.”

Another idea a Bowie fan proposed is that “it could be an anagram of something,” suggesting “Spoon Music.” So is Bowie somehow involved with the rock band Spoon?

And as of this writing, Bowie’s lawyer has not commented on this theory.

What do you think? Could Bowie have faked his death? If so, where would he be living? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.


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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at
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