Official message posted to Bowie's official Facebook page
David Bowie‘s family have thanked fans for their recent “love and support” following the music icon’s passing, describing themselves as “overwhelmed and grateful”.
Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69 and cremated privately soon after. Reports say that he had been suffering from liver cancer for 18 months.
Now, a message on David Bowie’s official Facebook page reads: “Thank you. 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.”
The statement adds: “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’s family originally posted a statement confirming the singer’s death. It read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
The singer has been cremated in New York, according to reports. It is believed he was privately cremated without any friends and family present, as per his wishes. He wanted “to go without any fuss”, a source told two UK newspapers.
Bowie released his final album ‘Blackstar’ on his 69th birthday last week (January 8), just days before passing away.