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Iman 'holding up' after Bowie's death, amid reports cremation has already taken place

Iman is "holding up" in the wake of the death of her husband David Bowie, according to a friend.

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The iconic singer lost his battle with cancer on Sunday but British media are reporting that he has already been secretly cremated without friends or family present. 

The Mirror said there had been no plans for a private service or public memorial as the singer wanted to go "without any fuss", according to a source.

Iman and David Bowie, who were married in 1992.
Iman and David Bowie, who were married in 1992.  Photo: AP

A memorial concert will be held at New York's Carnegie Hall on March 31, with artists including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Cyndi Lauper expected to perform, although tickets have already sold out. 

A tribute will also be held at the Brit Awards next month. 

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Bowie's death shocked fans and friends around the globe as he had kept his illness secret.

There has been an outpouring of love for the Life on Mars singer since his passing, and Iman's close friend, former model Bethann Hardison, said Iman is coping as well as can be expected.

"She's fine. We're fine. We're holding up," Bethann told People magazine. 

"It comes in waves, you know. He's a great loss – not just a loss as an artist, but as a human."

Iman and Bowie have daughter Alexandria, 15, together.

In the wake of his death, Bowie's close friend and collaborator Ivo Van Hove revealed how Alexandria, known as Lexxi, made her father determined to keep going.

Van Hove last saw Bowie in December at the New York premiere of their stage show Lazarus.

"I could see the tears behind his eyes, because he was not a man to show off his emotions. He was really in deep fear," he said.

"I felt he was not in a death struggle but a struggle for life – he wanted to live on. He has a daughter of 15 and he really wanted to go on, but it was physically not possible."

In the days leading up to Bowie's death, Iman posted a series of Instagram posts hinting at the sad news that was to come.

She posted countless photos of her other half, from black and white photo shoot images, to him being on stage.

One post read the words: "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

After it was revealed the 69-year-old had died, she uploaded a image simply telling fans: "The struggle is real, but so is God."

– WENN, AAP