The family of David Bowie has announced they are planning a private funeral for the star, but welcomed public tributes.

David Bowie died earlier this week following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

A post from From Bowie’s official Facebook page read: “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. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”

Going on, however; the family clarified that they welcomed public gestures in tribute of the star.


“However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organised or endorsed by the family. 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.”

Sir Elton John and, Madonna both paid tributes at their separate concerts earlier this week.

The star had adopted several personas over the years and made comments about his sexual orientation on several occasions.


His persona Ziggy Stardust, created when he released Space Oddity in 1969, was a bisexual alien rock star. The androgynous figure became a gay icon.