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Devan Coggan
January 11, 2016 AT 07:27 PM EST

James Gunn has added his voice to the long, long list of friends and fans paying tribute to the late David Bowie.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Guardians of the Galaxy director penned an emotional tribute to the legendary singer, revealing that he had hoped to get Bowie to cameo in the upcoming sequel.

“Just a very short while ago [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name,” Gunn wrote. “I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could possibly happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation [that Bowie had died] more of a surprise.”

Gunn wrote about how Bowie was a “huge and omnipresent” idol, adding that Ziggy Stardust “is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time” and that Bowie’s music played a deeply personal role in his life.

“My pop cultural connection to Bowie goes deeper as it was the music that was playing the night I hit bottom on alcohol and drugs as a very young person,” Gunn wrote. “I got sober that night, and those songs — ‘TVC15,’ ‘Star,’ ‘Suffragette City’ — are now deeply embedded in my psyche. They all have a frightening, almost-religious context in my personal history.”

Bowie’s 1972 hit “Moonage Daydream” appeared in the original Guardians of the Galaxy, but Gunn added that Ziggy Stardust had an indelible impact on the entire film, from the music to the ‘70s space opera aesthetic. He also wrote that he had hoped to include another song from the album in the upcoming sequel, and while he had cut the scene it would have appeared in, he may find a way to include it anyway. If so, Bowie would be the only artist to have a song in both the first and second GOTG films.

“Thank you, David, for all you’ve given to my life, my relationships, and my career,” Gunn wrote. “Thank you most for helping me to make it through high school. Your music let me believe there was something magic out there, I only needed to hold on a few more years to experience it. I’m glad I did.”

Read Gunn’s full post below. 

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