David Bowie left £1 million (NZD $2.2 million) to the Scottish nanny who became a second mother to his son.The singer’s touching bequest – revealed when his will was filed in a New York court – recognised the role Marion Skene played in bringing up Duncan Zowie Jones.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday in 2009 – Bowie’s ex-wife Angie recalled how Miss Skene effectively raised the boy.
She said: ‘We were messed up as a couple but this little creature came and David was a great dad.
But when the baby was around our lifestyle just didn’t work.
David and I were away doing drugs at first together and then later apart.
Marion effectively became Zowie’s mother’.
Jones himself said he had ‘always considered’ Miss Skene as his mother.
Bowie – who died on January 10 aged 69 after losing a secret battle against cancer also left £1.4 million (NZD $3 million) to his former assistant Corinne ‘Coco’ Schwab.
Miss Schwab answered a newspaper advert to be a Girl Friday in Bowie’s office in 1973 and worked with him for more than 40 years.
Bowie came to regard Miss Schwab as his best friend and credited her with saving his life.