Thursday 22 March 2018

Bowie family thank fans as star cremated in private ceremony

David Bowie. Photo: Reuters
David Bowie. Photo: Reuters

Emile Laurac

David Bowie's family have said they are "overwhelmed" by the reaction to the death of the much-admired pop star.

In a statement posted to the late singer's official Facebook page, the family stated they "welcome everyone's celebration".

It has been reported that Bowie was cremated shortly after his death.

US sources have been quoted as saying that the singer, who died aged 69 after suffering from cancer for 18 months, was "secretly cremated".

The source said: "There is no public or private service or a public memorial. There is nothing."

The star's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report.

Bowie's family, in their message, said they were making arrangements for a private ceremony in memory of a beloved husband, father and friend.

"They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times."

The final part deals with events proposed to mark his life.

"We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world," it reads.

"However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organised or endorsed by the family.

"Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David's music, we welcome everyone's celebration of his life as they see fit."

Bowie was planning another album before his death, according to his long-time friend and producer, Tony Visconti.

About a week before his death from cancer on January 10, and with his latest album Blackstar nearing release, Bowie called Visconti to say he wanted to make a final album. He had apparently written and demoed five new songs.

Visconti told 'Rolling Stone': "At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar."

Although he had known since November that the cancer he was privately suffering was terminal, he still hoped for time to record new music.

Visconti said: "I was thrilled, and I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least. Obviously, if he's excited about doing his next album, he must've thought he had a few more months."

Bowie will be honoured with a tribute at next month's Brit Awards, as well as a memorial concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on March 31.

Blackstar, released on January 8 to mark his birthday, looks certain to hold on to the number one spot in the charts on Friday.

It is also likely to be his first number one album in the US.

His death has seen an outpouring of grief from the public and from his friends and colleagues, including Madonna, Iggy Pop, Sir Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Sir Paul McCartney.

Irish Independent

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