David Bowie's family thanks fans for support, will hold private funeral

By Shawn Price  |  Jan. 14, 2016 at 11:45 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The family of the late David Bowie issued a statement Thursday thanking fans for the messages of love and support in the days after the music icon's death, but also requesting a respect for privacy as they prepare for his funeral.

"We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world," the family said in a statement on Facebook and Twitter. The statement came after reports in British media Bowie's remains were cremated in New York.

"The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend," the statement continued. "They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.

Bowie's family noted that while they appreciate the coming tribute concerts, they won't be endorsing any, but for artistic reasons.

"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 Sunday at age 69, just two days after the release of his final studio album Blackstar, shot his self-styled requiem instantly to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It's currently no. 1 in the United Kingdom and no. 2 in the United States.

Sales of the album increased 1,055 percent after the news of his death, and radio airplay increased 1,134 percent in the 24 hours after his death, Nielsen reported.

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