David Bowie Reportedly Cremated in New York
Published Jan 13, 2016While countless tributes continue to pour in for the late, great David Bowie, the singer has reportedly been cremated in New York following his death at the age of 69.
Several UK media outlets, including the Guardian, point to a Daily Mirror report that states the singer was cremated in New York shortly after his death. As per the wishes of the late musician, no friends and family were present for the ceremony in New York, where he lived for much of his life, and no public funeral service is planned, according to the report.
Bowie's passing was confirmed on Monday (January 11), with a post from the singer's official social media stating: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."
His death soon followed his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album Blackstar, which is on its way to becoming Bowie's first No. 1 album in America.
In related news, it's been revealed by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti that Bowie was also planning a follow-up to Blackstar. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Visconti said that Bowie had wrote and demoed five more songs during the final weeks of his life.
"At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar," Visconti said. "And I was thrilled, and I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least. Obviously, if he's excited about doing his next album, he must've thought he had a few more months. So the end must've been very rapid. I'm not privy to it. I don't know exactly, but he must've taken ill very quickly after that phone call."