The 30-year-old artist spoke highly of Michael, the founder of Mushroom Records, in a statement issued to Instagram on March 5, just two days after the Australian native died peacefully in his sleep, according to the BBC. In the emotional statement, Ed recalled their many conversations, sharing, “Every memory I have of him is so clear and so precise, because every moment was electric.”

He added that he once asked Michael for a bronze statue of the Aussie, “so I could always have a drink with him in my house, because he lived so far away… The night he passed, I was very grateful to be able to share his favourite wine with him and say goodbye.”

According to Billboard, Michael was remembered by numerous artists from across the globe, including Taylor Swift and Dave Grohl, to name a few of the singers who recorded messages of condolences.