David Bowie’s final album was his farewell to his fans, according to his producer.
The iconic rock star died yesterday aged 69, after an 18-month private battle with cancer.
January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle… https://t.co/ENRSiT43Zy
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 11, 2016
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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
Following the announcement of his death, Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie to produce his latest album Blackstar, revealed on Facebook that the British artist wanted the album to be a “parting gift” for his fans.
“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,” Visconti wrote.
He continued: “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.”
One of his last songs, Lazarus, which was released three days before his death, opens with the lyrics: “Look up here, I’m in Heaven!”
The song’s video also shows the musician in a hospital bed, and finishes with him retreating in to a dark closet.
Blackstar was Bowie’s 25th studio album. It features seven tracks and is the first album that does not feature his photo on the cover.