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David Bowie's Producer Confirms Blackstar Album Was 'Parting Gift'

01/12/2016
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(Radio.com) Before his death at age 69, David Bowie kept his health issues private from his fans and admirers. However, it appears that Bowie's prognosis laid the groundwork for a thoughtful, deliberate "parting gift" to the world--his new album.

Tony Visconti, who produced tracks on Blackstar (★) including "Lazarus," took to Facebook to explain the careful consideration the icon gave his final works:

"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."

The statement clarifies what some fans had wondered about the song "Lazarus," named for the biblical saint who was raised from the dead. Read more here.

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