David Bowie’s Funeral Honors Death Bed Wish: Singer ‘Secretly Cremated In America’

Patrick Frye - Author

Dec. 8 2017, Updated 4:28 a.m. ET

David Bowie’s funeral will apparently never happen, based upon the newest reports. The singer apparently told his wife, Iman Abdulmajid, and family on his death bed that he did not wish to have any special ceremony, public memorial, or funeral procession held upon his demise. Instead, the Starman wished the entire matter to be kept completely private, which would be similar to how he kept his entire cancer battle secret from the world.

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A New York City source has told the Daily Mirror that the family had David Bowie cremated on Sunday after the rocker expressed the desire to be buried “without any fuss.” The source claims, “There is no public or private service or a public memorial. There is nothing.” British fans had hoped there might be a public funeral held in the United Kingdom, but it should be expected that memorial events will be held across the pond.

The report claims Bowie’s cremation was a “direct cremation,” which meant Bowie’s body was collected from his Manhattan apartment and transferred to the crematory “without a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony.” The low-cost solution costs less than $1,000, and the deceased is quickly cremated after the paperwork is filled out by the family.

On Facebook, Bowie’s family also posted a message stating that they planned a private memorial.

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


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