Steve Forrest for The New York Times:
Brian Eno, who collaborated with David Bowie on what is usually called his Berlin trilogy — “Low,” “ ‘Heroes’ ” and “Lodger” — told the BBC on Monday that he had been in contact with Mr. Bowie last week.
Mr. Eno said that Mr. Bowie’s death had come as a “complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him.”
“Over the last few years — with him living in New York and me in London — our connection was by email,” he said, according to the BBC. “We signed off with invented names: Some of his were Mr. Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear.”
Mr. Eno said that he and Mr. Bowie had started talking again about a year ago of “Outside,” a 1995 album that had reunited the two men. Both men liked it, he said, and felt that it might be worth revisiting because it “had fallen through the cracks.”
Mr. Eno received an email from Mr. Bowie seven days ago, he told the BBC. “It ended with this sentence: ‘Thank you for our good times, Brian. They will never rot.’ And it was signed ‘Dawn.’ I realize now he was saying goodbye.”