Singer David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park o
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David Bowie's longtime producer, Tony Visconti, has posted a tribute to the musical legend following his tragic passing at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Unlike many other reactions to Bowie's death, Visconti, the 71-year-old artist/producer who first worked with Bowie on 1969's Space Oddity, framed his tribute within the context of Bowie's towering discography. For Visconti, Bowie's just-released new album ★ (Blackstar) was a proper farewell.

"He always did what he wanted to do," Visconti posted on Facebook on Monday morning (Jan. 11). "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."

Blackstar was released on Jan. 8, with Bowie and Visconti as its main producers. Click here for more touching artist reactions to Bowie's death.