You Aren’t Invited to David Bowie’s Memorial

Family of “Ziggy Stardust” icon planning a private ceremony they would respectfully prefer you not attend

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.”


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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.”


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“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.

11 of David Bowie's Most Iconic Film and TV Roles (Videos)
"The Man Who Fell to Earth" Bowie's first leading role was in 1976's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" as an alien who comes to Earth to bring water back to his home planet. Bowie later admitted he was abusing cocaine while filming the movie.
"The Hunger" Starring alongside Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, Bowie played a vampire in the 1983 cult classic "The Hunger."
"Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" An adaptation of the Laurens van der Post novel "The Seed and the Sower," 1983's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" starred Bowie as a POW held in a Japanese internment camp during WWII.
"Labyrinth" Bowie's most iconic on-screen role was as the big-haired Goblin King Jareth in Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" in 1986. In addition to starring in the film alongside Jennifer Connelly, Bowie also composed all of the music.
"The Last Temptation of Christ" Replacing Sting, who passed on the role, Bowie played religious figure Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" in 1988 alongside Willem Dafoe as Jesus Christ.
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" Though he never appeared in the original ABC series, Bowie appeared in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" prequel movie "Fire Walk With Me" in 1992.
"Basquiat" In one of his smaller film appearances, the "Life on Mars" singer played artist Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel's biopic of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1996.
"The Hunger" (TV Series) Bowie narrated the second season of the Showtime horror anthology "The Hunger" in 2000, providing ominous introductions to standalone stories about cannibalism, vampires, sex, and poison each week.
"Zoolander" One of the most memorable moments from 2001's "Zoolander" was a scene in which Bowie judged a walk-off between Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson's character Hansel.
"The Prestige" Playing Andy Warhol in "Basquiat" wasn't the last time Bowie portrayed a real-life figure on screen. In 2005 he appeared in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" as physicist Nikola Tesla.
"Extras" In 2007, Bowie made a guest appearance on Ricky Gervais' comedy series "Extras" as himself, sitting down at a piano and singing a biting tribute to the comedian