David Bowie ‘has been secretly cremated in America without friends or family present’ after the star told loved ones he did not want a funeral.
The singer died of liver cancer on Sunday after spending 18 months fighting the disease after receiving his diagnosis.
It is understood the 69-year-old’s body was cremated shortly after his death on Sunday ‘without any fuss’.
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David Bowie, pictured left, with his daughter Lexi, centre, and wife Iman, right, told his family that he did not want to have a funeral and instead wanted to be remembered for the good times and his musical career
A number of memorial concerts have been announced for Bowie, pictured, who died in New York on Sunday
According to the Daily Mirror, the singer told friends that he only wanted to be remembered for the good times and his music.
He explained his wishes to his family and wife Iman, 60, about what should happen after he died.
One source said: ‘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.’
Bowie released his last album Blackstar on January 8, his 69th birthday, and just a couple of days before his death.
Despite his decision not to have a funeral, a number of memorial concerts are being held for Bowie, while next month’s Brit Awards will be dedicated to the London-born singer.
It is understood the cremation cost between £480 and £630.
He is believed to have undergone a ‘direct cremation’ which would have entailed his remains being collected and taken to the cremation without any ceremony.
The musician’s wealth, estimated at up to £600million, is expected to go to Iman and his children Duncan, 44, and Alexandria, 15.
David Bowie released this image along with his Blackstar album where he appears to laugh in the face of death
David Bowie’s final album Blackstar is expected to be the US number one record this weekend
Blackstar, which has been described as a memorial for his fans, is likely to top the US music charts this weekend, the first time Bowie has ever had a number one album in the country where he lived for the last two decades of his life.
According to industry figures, some 2.5million people streamed songs from the album after it was released on Friday.
BOWIE’S GOODBYE TRIP TO LONDON
Although Bowie lived in New York for more than 20 years before his death, he always retained affection for his British homeland.
The star went on a final holiday to the UK around the time his cancer was diagnosed in 2014, taking his wife Iman and teenage daughter Lexi around his old London haunts.
The family flew in to Luton Airport on a private jet and stayed at a luxury hotel in Knightsbridge, before visiting the homes in Brixton and Bromley where Bowie grew up.
In an interview shortly after the trip, Iman described how she and Bowie visited popular tourist haunts such as the London Eye without being recognised by the public.
The album looks certain to hold on to the UK number one spot this Friday with just under 90,000 combined sales since its release last Friday on Bowie’s 69th birthday.
And it could reach the apex of the US Billboard albums chart this Sunday, with sales of 130,000 expected this week as it rivals 25 by Adele, which has been number one for seven weeks.
Meanwhile figures from global streaming service Spotify show there was a jump of 2,822 per cent in Bowie songs played in the hours following the announcement that he had died from cancer.
The top five Bowie songs streamed on Spotify in the wake of his death were Heroes (up 3,630 per cent), Let’s Dance (up 3,942 per cent), Blackstar (up 1,120 per cent), Lazarus (up 1,084 per cent) and Life On Mars (up 4,238 per cent)
Bowie tracks also made up five of its UK Top Ten, and nine of the UK Top 20. Prior to news of his death, he had 4million monthly listeners on Spotify, which rose to 6.5million today.
Three retrospectives of work by Bowie – who lived his last years in New York but enjoyed more mainstream success in Britain – and three original albums have all broken into the UK Top 40.
Three days before his death, Bowie released a music video for the song Blackstar which has been widely interpreted as a premonition of his impending demise.
The clip shows him writhing around on a hospital bed with a bandage covering his eyes as he sings the haunting lyrics, ‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’.
A spokesman for the Creative Agents Agency in New York who represented Mr Bowie said they had no comment on his cremation arrangements.
Star ‘thought he had time to make another album’ a week before his death, producer says
David Bowie thought he had more time and was planning to make another album after Blackstar, his producer has revealed.
Tony Visconti says his final conversation with his close friend, over FaceTime, was just a week before his sudden death – and suggested the rock legend had no idea how little time he had left.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Visconti said Bowie had known since November last year that his cancer was terminal – but was anxious to make one more album.
David Bowie (pictured right, in his last public appearance) thought he had more time and was planning to make another album after Blackstar, his producer Tony Visconti (left) has revealed
And in the final weeks of his life, the singer had written five new songs that he was itching to record.
‘At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar and I was thrilled and I thought, and he thought, that he’d have a few months at least,’ Visconti told the magazine.
Visconti produced Bowie’s final album Blackstar, which was released on January 8 – the singer’s 69th birthday.
Visconti said he first learned the singer had cancer after he arrived at a Blackstar recording session in New York last year with no eyebrows.
David Bowie and his longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti, pictured performing in London in 1970
The pair had been working intermittently together since Space Oddity in 1969 and Visconti has produced Bowie albums including The Man Who Sold The World and The Next Day.
He said the singer told him of his illness in private but added that in mid-2015, it seemed Bowie was improving.
He went into remission and was ‘optimistic’ – but the cancer came back suddenly in November.
But Visconti added: ‘I don’t know exactly, but he must’ve taken ill very quickly after that phone call.’