David Bowie's final record Blackstar was 'parting gift' to fans - producer confirms
David Bowie's long-serving producer Tony Visconti has confirmed that the singer's final album Blackstar was a "parting gift" to fans.
Tony Visconti, he producer who worked with Bowie to complete his final album Blackstar, has released a statement saying it was deliberately created and timed as a "parting gift" for his fans.
The statement read: "He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.
"His death was no different from his life - a work of Art.
"He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.
"I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it.
"He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.
"For now, it is appropriate to cry."
Visconti and Bowie first paired up for Bowie's second studio album, Space Oddity. Over their nearly five decades of friendship, Visconti produced everything from Low and Heroes to his two most recent LPs following a lengthy hiatus, 2013's The Next Day and this year's Blackstar.
The album was released to critical acclaim on January 8, just three days before the legendary musician passed away following a secret 18-month battle with cancer.
Blackstar’s release coincided with the premier of the music video for album single Lazarus.
The track's haunting music video was released last week and shows Bowie hospital-bound, lying on a deathbed with his eyes bandaged and singing about being “free just like that bluebird”.
The opening line of "Look up here, I'm in heaven" seem to express the icon's thoughts on his imminent death and take on poignant new meaning, following the sad news confirmed on Monday morning.