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David Bowie memorial plans: Family reveals private ceremony

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David Bowie’s family announced his death early Monday morning in a note on Facebook, and on Thursday they posted arrangements for a private ceremony honoring his legacy.

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

The post continued, “We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world. However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized 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.”

Since the iconic singer’s death, many friends, and collaborators have remembered him in touching tributes around the world. A Carnegie Hall concert honoring his music had been in the works for more than six months, but was only announced this week. Its organizer, City Winery director Michael Dorf told EW, “Obviously we thought we were going to be paying tribute to a living legend, and now we’ll be paying tribute to a legend who passed.” Cyndi Lauper, The Roots, Mountain Goats, and more are scheduled to play at the event on March 31.

See Bowie’s family’s full post.

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