David Bowie's family planning private funeral
'We welcome everyone's celebration of his life as they see fit,' family says
The statement on Bowie's official Facebook page followed British media reports that the 69 year-old Space Oddity singer has already been cremated quietly in New York without his friends or family in attendance. Reuters could not confirm the reports and Bowie's representatives did not return requests for comment.
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"The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend," the family's statement said.
It was dated from England but gave no details about where or when the ceremony might take place.
Bowie's death after a secret 18-month battle with cancer and two days after releasing a new album caused shock and dismay around the world and sent sales soaring of both his old and new music.
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Radio airplay increased 1,134 per cent from Sunday to Monday, at Nielsen Music-monitored U.S. terrestrial radio stations, it added.
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"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," the statement added.
Bowie is survived by his model wife Iman of 24 years, adult son Duncan Jones and teenage daughter Alexandria.