Thursday 29 September 2016

'He would have wanted to disappear with no fuss' - reports David Bowie secretly cremated without family or friends present

Sasha Brady

Published 14/01/2016 | 07:14

David Bowie 1947-2016
David Bowie 1947-2016

David Bowie has been quietly cremated without family or friends present, according to reports in the US.

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The legendary singer expressed his desire to not have a funeral to his loved ones, including wife Iman, before his death on Sunday from liver cancer.

Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman, smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman, smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A source said to the Daily Mirror: "There is no public or private service or a public memorial. There is nothing."

The Space Oddity singer told friends and family that he only wanted to be remembered for the good times they shared and the music he made.

A US source said: "In many respects you don't need a memorial or service to remember David by. You have his music instead. He would have wanted to just disappear with no fuss, no big show, no fanfare. This would totally be his style."

"His last album Blackstar was very much his goodbye to fans instead."

David Bowie in his 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume worn by Kate Moss as she collected his Brit Award (Bowie PR/PA)
David Bowie in his 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume worn by Kate Moss as she collected his Brit Award (Bowie PR/PA)

Heartbroken fans have created impromptu memorials outside the singer's apartment building in New York and in the singer's native England. A street party was held in his hometown of Brixton, London.

A David Bowie memorial concert will take place in New York's Carnegie Hall in March. A tribute concert to the iconic singer's musical legacy was announced just hours before it was confirmed he had died on Sunday evening. The concert, however, will still go ahead but as a memorial instead.

There will also be a tribute for the China Girl singer at the BRIT Awards next month. Its chairman Max Lousada said: "Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."

The Light House Cinema is hosting David Bowie Tribute screenings of Labyrinth in memory of the star.

A screening on Friday January 15 at 11.30pm has already sold out but there are still tickets available to a Sunday screening at 12.30pm.

Full price tickets cost €7.50 and all proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

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