12:15 17 January 2016
David Bowie’s family has officially released a statement confirming a private ceremony in celebration of the legendary singer’s memory.
The family statement, titled “Thank you”, reads: "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.
"However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized 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 died on Sunday following a secret battle against cancer. He was 69.
Reports say that the singer’s body has been privately cremated in New York and that no friends and family were present in the ceremony, which was in line with Bowie’s wishes.
However, the publicist for the singer said that they were “neither confirming nor denying” the reports.
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