If you've listened to David Bowie's final album Blackstar (or, as it's properly written, "★"), you know that Bowie tries on one last persona in the vein of the Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust: a mysterious, cult-like figure called "Blackstar," from which the album takes its name. This morning, music journalist Michael Azerrad found an unlikely possible source for this name: cancerous lesions. It's another piece of evidence that Bowie intended his most recent album as a good-bye.
According to About Health, "radial scars"—also known as black stars—are "a star-shaped breast mass that may be completely benign, or it may be precancerous or contain a mixture of tissue, including hyperplasia, atypia, or cancer." Of course, Bowie reportedly had liver cancer, not breast cancer, so make of this what you will.
The phrase "black star" also has other ominous meanings and associations, Twitter pointed out:
Elvis and Bowie famously share a birthday. Plus:
According to Wikipedia, it's also a nickname for Saturn, what you'd assume is Bowie's home planet. So who knows.