Behind the numbers: 10,000 signatures to resurrect Bowie

Article published on Jan. 15, 2016
Article published on Jan. 15, 2016

An online petition concerning the resurrection of David Bowie, signed by more than 10,000 people, shows the wonderful capacity of the modern world to construct innovative monuments to departing legends.

The petition, entitled “Say no to David Bowie dead”, was created by an Italian who lives in Rome, Andrea Natella, on the online activism platform change.org. It is addressed to "God, or whom it may concern". Immediately afterwards, the text was signed by thousands of Internet users. 

David Bowie died on the 10th of January 2016, after an 18 month battle with cancer. His prolific career included the creation of many personalities (among them Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke) and an eclectic mix of musical genres. He leaves a lasting impression on the world of music and wider pop-culture.

At the moment of writing this article, the petition has over 10,000 signatures and thousands of comments. In other news, an equally popular petition to get David Bowie’s face printed on the British 20 pound note has also made headlines.

Here’s what god wrote back to the fans of David Bowie across the world:

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This article is part of our Behind the Numbers series, illustrating newsworthy stats with artistic design and a brief analysis.