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Private ceremony planned for David Bowie, family says

By News Desk

Published : 2016-02-11 16:06:08

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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.

"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.

"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."

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.

The album "Blackstar", now seen as Bowie's self-styled epitaph, is expected to top music charts in Britain and the United States next week.

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