"For now, it is appropriate to cry."

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Tony Visconti has paid tribute to David Bowie, whose death was announced earlier today.

Writing on his Facebook page, Visconti said:

“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.”

Bowie and Visconti collaborated for many years, working with him intermittently from Bowie’s 1969 album Space Oddity through to the new Blackstar album.

Other tributes have been paid to Bowie by friends and former collaborators.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis recalled Bowie’s first appearance at the event. “He came in ’71 with lovely, long flowing hair like a hippie, he was fantastically beautiful and nobody knew who he was,” Eavis said. “He played at four in the morning at sunrise, songs that we’d never heard before and it was great fun. He’s one of the three greatest, there is Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. I was only half awake because I’d been up all night.”

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  • Andrew Phelan

    Tony Visconti spoke to the StageLeft Podcast a few days ago and gave his own account into the making of the new Blackstar album. Was a really interesting listen as he spoke about how Bowie was recently in the studio. He’s really gonna be missed!