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Rock icon David Bowie ‘won’t have a funeral’

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David Bowie's album Blackstar was a poignant precursor to his death. Photo: YouTube
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Millions have been mourning the death of musician David Bowie this week, but it seems the singer himself was against the idea of a public memorial or funeral.

Bowie’s remains were cremated before mourning fans even began to question whether a public memorial would be held, according to the Daily Mirror.

Quoting a source in New York who said Bowie has wanted to leave the world “without any fuss”, the Mirror reported the beloved singer’s remains were cremated without any friends or family present.

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David Bowie died on Monday after a private 18-month battle with liver cancer – shocking his millions of fans.

Since his death, details have emerged surrounding the singer’s secret struggles, with suggestions he had suffered six heart attacks in recent years.

Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, this week, just a few days before his death.

The album has been received as Bowie’s goodbye to the world, particularly the song Lazarus, which makes references to leaving the world.

“Look up here, I’m in heaven / I’ve got scars that can’t be seen,” read the lyrics.

“You know I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Now, ain’t that just like me?”

Tony Visconti, who produced the album with Bowie, released a statement this week confirming Blackstar had been Bowie’s “parting gift”, and a direct acknowledgement of what was coming.

“His death was no different from his life – a work of art,” said Mr Visconti.

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