It feels surreal having to write this news story.

David Bowie just released his latest album ★ (Blackstar). David Bowie just celebrated his 69th birthday.

Surely this is just one of those celebrity death hoaxes that we've all become desensitized to?

Fuck, what can you say about David Bowie that hasn't been said a million times. We've lost one of the greatest artists of all time.

R.I.P. David Bowie. You'll be missed.

Here's what Tony Visconti had to say about Bowie's passing:

"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."