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Why did David Bowie’s persona of Halloween Jack wear a patch?

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    That Halloween Jack is a real cool cat and he lives on top of Manhattan Chase,” David Bowie sings in his song “Diamond Dogs,” from the 1974 album of the same name.

    Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Halloween Jack – are all very interconnected and share the same DNA, although there are some definable differences. 

    Legend has it that David Bowie contracted conjunctivitis which is a fancy way of saying he got pink eye.

    Bowie contracted conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, and the infection — which can have various causes, including a virus — has symptoms that include a buildup of mucus and swelling and reddening of the white of the eye, per the CDC. Bowie’s eye eventually cleared up, and he soon jettisoned the eyepatch and then Halloween Jack for the Thin White Duke of the “Young Americans” era (per the Independent), one of several more alter egos he took on before his death in 2016 from cancer at age 69, per the BBC.Grunge

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    Of interest: Bowie at 75 by Martin Popoff