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Ashes to ashes: David Bowie rests in Bali as details of will revealed

The Australian tourist playground of Bali is the final resting place for music superstar David Bowie who has left an estate of about $100 million to his second wife and two children.

David Bowie at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2003.
David Bowie at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2003.  Photo: Domino Postiglione

Bowie stipulated that after his death he be cremated and his ashes scattered according to Buddhist ritual in Bali, says the New York Daily News, which has obtained a copy of the singer's will filed in a New York court.

Bowie, whose real name was David Robert Jones, left half his estate to his supermodel wife Iman, whom he married in 1992, as well as the SoHo apartment they shared.

David Bowie's death leaves wife, Iman, a wealthy woman.
David Bowie's death leaves wife, Iman, a wealthy woman.  Photo: Getty

Duncan Jones, Bowie's 44-year-old son to first wife Angela Barnett, was given a 25 per cent share of the estate. Bowie's daughter to Iman​, 15-year-old Alexandria received the same, as well as Bowie's rural hideaway on Little Tonshi Mountain, in the Catskills.

Bowie died of liver cancer on 10 January, two days after his 69th birthday. His last album, Blackstar, recorded as he was terminally ill, was released two days before his death and subsequently shot to the top of global sales charts.

Bowie kept his illness private until the end, his unexpected death shocking fans and the music industry. His music legacy includes 25 albums.

To his long term personal assistant and rumoured ex-lover, Corinne Schwab, Bowie left $2 million. He remembered Marion Skene, the Scottish nanny who effectively became Duncan's substitute parent while growing up in Switzerland, bequeathing her $1 million. 

Bowie's love of Bali dated to a trip he and musician Iggy Pop took to Indonesia during the early '80s, which inspired the 1984 track, Tumble and Twirl, according to The Jakarta Post

In 1991 Bowie made an Indonesian version of his song, You Belong in Rock n' Roll, recorded with his band Tin Machine, a side project he worked on while living in Australia. Half the track Don't Let Me Down & Down,  which Bowie recorded two years later, is sung in Indonesian.

Bowie's villa on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique was also heavily inspired by the traditional architecture of Bali and Java.

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