David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti has penned a touching one year anniversary tribute

Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s longtime producer who worked on 13 of his records – including the Berlin triolgy, and his last four albums – has shared a emotional statement on Facebook in which he reflects on a year without him.

Visconti, who titled the post “10 January 2016 – The Worst Next Day”, wrote about the moment he found out that Bowie had died, his days working on Bowie’s final album Blackstar, and how he has coped with the grief since his death.

“I was sound asleep in a hotel room in Toronto when my phone lit up around 2 am with texts every second,” he writes. “The messages were more or less the same thing – ‘David Bowie has died’, something I had been dreading for a year.”

He goes on to write that “grief is a very real thing”, and that he has struggled to come to terms with Bowie’s death. “I talk to David in my head all the time,” he adds.

“I will try to accept that David has passed,” the post ends. “I’ve been through every stage of grief in the past 365 days, including anger. Of course, he never left us in spirit. We are fortunate to have lived in the same time as him. We’ve seen him, we’ve heard him sing and speak, we’ve hugged him, we’ve worshipped him and we are constantly reminded of him daily. He was a legend in his lifetime and he will be a legend until the end of time. But he was my friend too.”

Bowie’s wife Iman, his son Duncan Jones, and other musicians have also paid tribute to the artist:

St. Vincent paid tribute in her own way, designing a guitar in honour of Bowie and naming it the Thin White Duke.

Read Visconti’s full message below.