Mere days after celebrating his 69th birthday and releasing his 25th studio album Blackstar, iconic art rock legend David Bowie has passed away.
The news was corroborated by The Hollywood Reporter, who had it confirmed by a representative for the late artist. It was also confirmed by Bowie's son, Duncan Jones via Twitter.
Tony Visconti, David Bowie's long-term producer, paid homage to Bowie via a Facebook message. In it, he describes Blackstar as the musician's "parting gift" to the world.
Visconti first worked with Bowie in 1969 on Space Oddity, and collaborated with the singer throughout his career, right up until this year's Blackstar.
Visconti will participate in what is sure to be one of many upcoming tribute concerts to the artist who spent his career pushing the boundaries of music, art, fashion and sexuality. Bowie's wide-ranging appeal, influence and impact is reflected in the diverse lineup, which currently includes the Roots, the Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan, and Ann Wilson of Heart with more to be announced. Visconti will be in charge of organizing the house band. The concert is set for March 31 at New York's Carnegie Hall, and full details can be found here.
UPDATE (1/11, 10:30 a.m.): Brian Eno has now spoken to the BBC about his last correspondence with Bowie. The pair worked together most famously during Bowie's "Berlin trilogy" of Low, Heroes and Lodger in the 1970s, but stayed in touch via email more recently. According to Eno, the last message he received from Bowie came last week and ended: "Thank you for our good times, Brian. They will never rot." It was signed "Dawn," and as Eno puts it, "I realise now he was saying goodbye."