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David Bowie: Private ceremony planned as family issues statement thanking fans

David Bowie will be remembered in a private ceremony, says his family, who have thanked fans for their support after the British rock star's death from cancer on Sunday but repeated requests for privacy.

David Bowie's family said they are arranging a private ceremony to celebrate his life.
David Bowie's family said they are arranging a private ceremony to celebrate his life.  Photo: Supplied

A 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.

"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 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."

The statement also said the family were "overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world". 

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It added that the concerts and tributes in the coming weeks were "most welcome" but "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'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.

US sales of Blackstar increased 1055 per cent once the news broke of his death, according to Nielsen.

Radio airplay increased 1134 per cent from Sunday to Monday, at Nielsen Music-monitored US terrestrial radio stations, it added.

Bowie is survived by his model wife Iman of 24 years, adult son Duncan Jones and teenage daughter Alexandria.

- AAP, Reuters

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