Longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti has confirmed that the visionary entertainer’s final album Blackstar was a deliberate “parting gift.”
Bowie released the critically-acclaimed album on January 8, his 69th birthday. He went to meet the Starman in the sky on January 10.
According to an official statement, Bowie “died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer,” a battle the singer kept secret from the world.
Bowie’s oldest son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, took to Twitter to confirm the sad news that many initially believed was a cruel hoax.
Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
Generations of celebrities and fans from around the world began to honour Bowie with heartfelt tributes on social media.
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
Bowie was one of the bravest artists of the century. A true Icon
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
I love how Bowie challenged people’s perception of gender stereotypes and what an Outsider truly was. He was SO ahead of his time — ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
— Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) January 11, 2016
DEVASTATED… A LEGEND IS GONE — Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016
David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie’s 鼎hanges・and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me. pic.twitter.com/N1nkD9h82W
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 11, 2016
Such sad news about David Bowie. A musical innovator and genius — The Wiggles (@TheWiggles) January 11, 2016