David Bowie: Singer emerges in rare sighting as he picks up lunch in New York

Reclusive David Bowie emerges in rare sighting as he picks up takeout lunch in New York

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13:47 GMT, 18 October 2012

He was once one of the most recognisable singers in the world.

But, after suffering a heart attack in 2004, David Bowie has been living a reclusive lifestyle, rarely seen in public, and doing his best to avoid the limelight.

So fans of the singer will be surprised to see a picture of the 65-year-old star out and about in New York.

Rare appearance: Reclusive David Bowie was seen picking up some takeout lunch in New York on Wednesday

Rare appearance: Reclusive David Bowie was seen picking up some takeout lunch in New York on Wednesday

Bowie made a rare appearance as he picked up some lunch from a restaurant local to the luxury Manhattan apartment, where he lives with wife Iman and their daughter Lexi.

Wearing a hooded blue sweatshirt, jeans, black shoes and a grey flat cap with sunglasses, Bowie managed a small smile for photographers as he strolled along clutching a large bag of food from a cafe.

Since having surgery in 2004 after collapsing backstage at a gig due to a clogged artery, Bowie has stayed out of the spotlight.

Dressed down: Bowie kept his head down as he stepped out, wearing a casual outfit of a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, flat cap and sunglasses

Dressed down: Bowie kept his head down as he stepped out, wearing a casual outfit of a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, flat cap and sunglasses

Back in the day: Bowie was once one of the most recognisable singers in the world

Back in the day: Bowie was once one of the most recognisable singers in the world

One of his last public appearances was at a red carpet event when he supported his son Duncan Jones, formerly Zowie Bowie, at the premiere of his film Moon back in 2009.

He also attended the DKMS' 5th Annual Gala: Linked Against Leukemia in New York in April 2011 with wife Iman.

In addition, Bowie has not performed live since 2006, and has not released a new record for the past nine years.

Writer Paul Trynka, who penned the Bowie biography Starman last year, said recently of the singer: 'He has consciously dropped out of
sight.'

Family support: One of Bowie's last red carpet appearances came as he supported son Duncan Jones at the premiere of his movie Moon in 2009

Family support: One of Bowie's last red carpet appearances came as he supported son Duncan Jones at the premiere of his movie Moon in 2009

However, Bowie has been hitting headlines in recent weeks after approving London's V&A museum to run a new exhibition called David Bowie is next year.

The exhibition, which will run from March 23th to July 28th 2013, will look at the ways in which Bowie influenced the music industry, as well as how his sound and style changed over the duration of his career.

Announcing the exhibit, V&A Director Martin Roth said: 'David Bowie is a true icon, more
relevant to popular culture now than ever.

'His radical innovations
across music, theatre, fashion and style still resound today in design
and visual culture and he continues to inspire artists and designers
throughout the world.

'We are thrilled to be presenting the first ever
exhibition drawn from the David Bowie Archive.'

Happier than ever: Bowie, seen here at a charity gala in 2011, lives in Manhattan with wife Iman and their daughter Lexi

Happier than ever: Bowie, seen here at a charity gala in 2011, lives in Manhattan with wife Iman and their daughter Lexi