David Bowie’s fam­ily an­nounces ‘pri­vate cer­e­mony’ to hon­our his mem­ory

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Meera Ja­gan­nathan

Ma­jor Tom is fi­nally go­ing home. The leg­endary David Bowie will soon be hon­oured at a pri­vate fu­neral cer­e­mony, his fam­ily an­nounced on Thurs­day.

“THANK YOU,” reads a state­ment on the late rock icon’s of­fi­cial Face­book and In­sta­gram ac­counts.

“The fam­ily of David Bowie is cur­rently mak­ing ar­range­ments for a pri­vate cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing the mem­ory of their beloved hus­band, father and friend.”

The an­nounce­ment also notes that none of the im­mi­nent con­certs and tributes sched­uled in Bowie’s hon­our — for ex­am­ple, a Carnegie Hall show in March fea­tur­ing The Roots and Cyndi Lau­per — are “or­ga­nized or en­dorsed by the fam­ily.”

“Still, they’re ap­pre­ci­ated. 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,” wrote the fam­ily.

The “Ashes to Ashes” singer, who died on Sun­day at the age of 69 af­ter a se­cret 18-month can­cer bat­tle, was qui­etly cre­mated shortly af­ter his pass­ing.

Bri­tish mu­sic icon David Bowie.

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