David Bowie Reportedly Cremated In New York

14 January 2016, 11:27 | Updated: 18 January 2016, 10:31

David Bowie

Tony Visconti has also revealed the singer had planned a follow-up to his Blackstar album.

David Bowie has reportedly already been cremated in New York. 

According to the Daily Mirror, the star was secretly cremated shortly after he died, without his friends and family present.

A source told the Mirror: “There is no public or private service or a public memorial. There is nothing.”In many respects you don’t need a memorial or service to remember David by...you have his music instead. "He would have wanted to just disappear with no fuss, no big show, no fan-fare. This would totally be his style.

"His last album Blackstar was very much his goodbye to fans instead.”

Amid the news, Bowie's long-term friend and collaborator, Tony Visconti has revealed that Bowie called him about making a follow-up to Blackstar and had thought "he had a few more months".

Speaking to Rolling Stone, he revealed: "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." 

Talking about his reaction to his death and his decision to continue touring with former Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, the devastated producer said: "Monday was the worst day of my life. I gotta say. But we talked about it and said, 'We’re musicians, this is what we do. David would like it.' 

"We played for the first time since his death last night to a very, very enthusiastic Toronto audience. There were people crying, but there were people smiling and clapping and jumping around. 

Tributes have continued to pour in for the star, with petitions to have the Ziggy Stardust singer honoured growing by the day, with the latest calling for a star to be named after the icon.  

A street has also been temporarily named after the star in Austin, Texas.


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