David Bowie, the rock legend who died Sunday at age 69, will be remembered and celebrated at a private ceremony, his family said Thursday.
In a message on Bowie’s Facebook page, the family added, “We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”
“The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend,” the message reads. “They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.”
The family also noted that other tributes — such as a memorial concert scheduled for March 31 at Carnegie Hall — are not official memorial events.
“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,” the message reads.
Nonetheless, the family added, “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.”
“Ziggy Stardust” musician Bowie died following an 18-month battle with cancer, and just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, “Blackstar.”
Earlier this month, the family of Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister dealt with the matter of too many fans wanting to attend his memorial by streaming it online.