David Bowie’s ashes have reportedly been scattered at Burning Man

Many people honour their loved ones at the desert gathering

David Bowie‘s ashes have been scattered at Burning Man, according to recent reports.

The entertainment publication E! revealed earlier today that the late singer’s godchild had permission from Bowie’s widow Iman to take a portion of the ashes to the annual, week-long gathering in the Nevada desert.

E! wrote that one of their sources said that Bowie and his godchild “had long talks about Burning Man and what it stands for, and David loved the message behind it”.


Bowie was purportedly commemorated by 70 people at The Temple of Black Rock City, the temporary community set up in Black Rock Desert for Burning Man.

The Temple is put up for attendees to pay respects to their loved ones and at the end of the week is burned to the ground.

An eye-witness told E!: “We played [David’s] music the entire drive from our camp to the Temple and back… Most of us had the Bowie [lightning bolt] face paint on in his honor.”

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David Bowie passed away on January 10 of this year following a battle with liver cancer. He was 69 years old. Two days before his death, he released acclaimed final album ‘Blackstar’.

Earlier this week Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ band released an all-instrumental cover of ‘Warszawa’ from the singer’s 1977 album ‘Low’. It’s set to feature on saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s upcoming album.

McCaslin’s album features core Blackstar instrumentalists – bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner along with guitarist Nate Wood and producer David Binney. It’s titled ‘Beyond Now’.


Speaking to Rolling Stone, McCaslin said that the upcoming ‘Beyond Now’ album is dedicated and deeply influenced by Bowie. “David allowed ‘Blackstar’ to be what it was going to be regardless of how people might have categorised it.”