David Bowie's mismatched eyes were one of his most defining physical features – a characteristic that was also shared by his dog Max, it has been revealed. This week, David's wife Iman was photographed for the first time since the singer's death, taking Max out for a walk in New York City, and onlookers quickly noted that the dog has different coloured eyes, just like his late owner.
David's right pupil became permanently dilated at the age of 15 when his friend George Underwood punched him in a fight over a girl. It was thought for years that the star had heterochromia – a condition whereby a person's eyes are naturally different in colour.
David Bowie's dog has mismatched eyes - just like his late owner
However, David later confirmed that the unusual appearance of his eyes was down to anisocoria, which can create the illusion of different coloured eyes because the pupil does not respond to changes in light. It is much more common in animals, and it seems that David's pet shared the same condition.
Despite leaving his friend with a permanent disfigurement, George revealed that the superstar actually thanked him for giving him such a distinctive look. "He later told me I did him a favour," he said.
David's right pupil became permanently dilated during a fight
David passed away on 10 January, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his critically acclaimed 25th album Blackstar. He left behind his heartbroken wife Iman, their 15-year-old daughter Lexi, and his son Duncan Jones, 44, from his first marriage.
Iman has been grieving in private following the death of her husband. The couple were married for 23 years, and were utterly devoted to each other. Speaking in an interview back in 1995, David was asked what his greatest achievement had been: "Marrying my wife," he replied.
"But as a musician?" the interviewer asked. "Nothing else matters," said David.