David Bowie’s family will pay tribute to the iconic singer in a private ceremony. A message on his official Facebook page thanks fans and reads: “The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.
“They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.
“We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.
“However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized 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.”
One fan commented: “I hope Iman and their family are given the respect and privacy they deserve. We fans will miss our star but they are grieving for a dear part of their normal lives, not the star. Much love to them in their sadness.”
Another wrote: “David Bowie is immortal. Hundreds of years from now, people will still be listening to his music and hold him up as one of the greatest musical pioneers ever. The splash Bowie made in the universe has only begun to ripple.”
A third added: “I still can’t believe he’s gone, but I’m more than grateful for everything he did, artistically and otherwise. He was, and is, one of the most beautiful souls to have walked the earth. Thank you, David Bowie, for improving my life.”
Bowie, 69, died on Sunday after battling liver cancer. On Thursday, reports surfaced that the star had been cremated and there was no public or private memorial planned.
Bowie is survived by his wife Iman, son Duncan Jones, and daughter Alexandria “Lexi” Jones.