Bizarre though it may sound, the online petition, posted on Change.org by Andrea Natella and entitled ‘Say NO to David Bowie dead’, was an immediate hit, so far gathering 1,078 signatures of its 1,500 target.
“I’m signing because people like him must not die, enough!” wrote Monica Musri from Rome, while Marta Arca described the British rocker’s death as “unacceptable”.
Perhaps Natella took inspiration from the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, which on Monday also paid tribute to the rocker, saying he was never “banal” and grew artistically during a career that spanned over five decades.
The Vatican’s culture minister, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, also paid tribute by tweeting the opening lyrics to ‘Space Oddity’.
Ground Control to Major Tom Commencing countdown, engines on Check ignition and may God's love be with you (David Bowie)— Gianfranco Ravasi (@CardRavasi) January 11, 2016
But did you know that Bowie once sang a song in Italian?
As fans at The Local Italy took the opportunity on Monday listen to some of the star's hits, we stumbled across a cover version he did of Domenico Modugno's 'Volare' for the 1986 film, Absolute Beginners.
Have a listen: