David Bowie has been secretly cremated without any family or friends present after he told them he did not want a funeral.
It has recently been uncovered that the rock icon’s body was cremated without any fuss or ceremony shortly after his death of liver cancer on January 10, the Daily Mirror reports.
The paper also reports such a “direct cremation” is one of the most frugal ways to dispose of a person who has passed away and that generally family and friends are not present.
According to the newspaper, the 69-year-old singer told his family that he wanted to be remembered for his music alone.
“In many respects you don’t need a memorial or service to remember David by…you have his music instead,” a source in the US said. “He would have wanted to just disappear with no fuss, no big show, no fan-fare. This would totally be his style.”
Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, to raving early reviews on January 8 and some believe this is his final goodbye to his loyal fan base.
On Monday, Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti echoed this sentiment with his post on Facebook: “His death was no different from his life – a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift [sic].”