Laid to rest: David Bowie’s close family are reportedly the only people to know the star’s final resting place following his death from cancer a week ago
David Bowie‘s ashes are to be scattered in the area surrounding his secret mountain retreat just a few hours drive north of New York City, it is claimed.
Close family are reportedly the only people who will know the star’s final resting place, though many believe he finally found peace in the area where he spent his final days.
The reclusive star, who passed away on Sunday aged 69 after a secret battle with cancer, was cremated in New York last week, according to reports.
The Sun on Sunday claims Bowie fell in love with the area in his later years, which was located near where the Woodstock musical festival was held in 1969.
A friend told the paper: ‘After decades of frenetic city living, David finally found peace in the mountains and that’s where I am sure some of his remains will go.
‘David was very private in life and intended to remain so in death. But you can rest assured he told his family exactly where he wanted his ashes scattered.’
A family spokesperson declined to comment, telling the paper that it was a private family matter.
The Sunday Mirror claim that David wished to follow his friend Freddie Mercury’s lead, and have his ashes scattered in secret to avoid a public monument.
The report claims that Bowie’s wife Iman, 60, and his children Duncan and Lexi are the only people to know the location of the star’s ashes and have promised to not reveal the resting place.
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Queen frontman Freddie was also laid to rest in a secret location following his death in 1991, with a source explaining that David decided that like his friend ‘he didn’t want there to be a grave or memorial. He wants to be remembered for his life, not as a monument.’
‘For him the most important thing was maintaining the ongoing legacy of his work. He would hate for his life to be immortalised by something like a headstone. It’s just not who he was or what he was about,’ the insider added.
The Catskill Mountains area of upstate New York, are a new favourite of A-listers and Brooklynites seeking reclusive comforts away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located just 100miles north of New York City, Bowie, Iman and their daughter were often seen in the area’s shops, restaurants and local gym.
The Catskill Mountains (pictured) are a favourite for aging rockers and A-listers looking for a secret escape
Located 100miles north of New York City, friends claim it was here that David Bowie finally found peace
It is here that friends believe his ashes will be scattered, in accordance with his desire to keep his final resting place a secret
The area is dotted with quaint old buildings, such as this National Historic Site of the home of Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole
Secret: The Sunday Mirror claims that Bowie’s wife Iman, 60, and his children Duncan and Lexi are the only people to know the location of the star’s ashes and have promised to not reveal the resting place
‘He was a man who liked to be in control of his life, his career and his legacy – so of course it makes sense that he has been in control of this too.
It is understood the 69-year-old’s body was cremated in New York shortly after his death ‘without any fuss’. While the reports claim the star didn’t wish for a public monument, his fans around the world have set up shrines at his former homes in Brixton and New York to pay tribute.
According to an earlier report in the Daily Mirror this week, the singer told friends that he only wanted to be remembered for the good times and his music.
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.
Outpouring of love: Fans created a shrine around a mural of Bowie in Brixton, London, following his death while similar tributes have been set up in New York and Berlin
‘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.
Fans have responded by purchasing the Starman’s classic albums and singles in their droves, with a quarter of the Top 40 Album Chart this week occupied by the legendary musician.
Leading the way is Blackstar, which claimed the top spot with combined sales of 150,000 — although it was already on course to top the chart before Bowie’s death on Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, the sheer volume of sales has made the LP the fastest selling album of the year so far on its way to becoming the star’s tenth number one album.
His last goodbye: Fans have responded by purchasing the Starman’s classic albums and singles in their droves, with a quarter of the Top 40 Album Chart this week occupied by the legendary musician