UPDATE: The death of David Bowie on Sunday triggered a public outpouring of grief around the globe, but fans expecting a starry send off for their idol are disappointed by news that he has already been cremated in the USA, his home for the last 22 years.
But for those who knew the real David Bowie behind the inimitable style icon, his request to “go without any fuss” is perhaps typical of the modest but supremely talented man they knew and loved.
Sources confirm that the cremation was carried out without a public or private service or a memorial, though some close to the star see it most fitting that he be remembered for his life and work, rather than for his departure.
In the true spirit of the late singer, a memorial concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York will happen on March 31. The event, originally planned as a live Bowie tribute with support from Cyndi Lauper and The Roots together with long-time associate and producer Tony Visconti, will now feature performances from Bowie´s greatest musical peers. Unconfirmed rumours suggest that Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger will join the bill.
THE legendary and influential music star David Bowie, whose illustrious career spanned 50 years, with hits like “Fame, “Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died Sunday January 10 surrounded by family and friends. He was 69.
His passing was announced on his social media site after losing an 18 month battle with cancer. It said:
January 10 2016 – 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 news was also confirmed by Bowie’s son, the film director Duncan Jones.
Bowie, who turned 69 on Friday, and released a new album called “Blackstar” the same day, has been an iconic figure on the world’s music scene since the 1960’s. Tracks such as “Changes”, “Ashes to Ashes” and the legendary “Space Oddity” have secured his place in the annals of music royalty.
The renowned singer and actor is being hailed by celebrities and public figures from around the world with tributes being paid by the likes of David Cameron, Nicola Sturgeon, Russell Crowe, Ricky Gervais, and Astronaut Major Tim Peake, who tweeted from space, “Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal”