David Bowie: Family statement welcomes 'everyone's celebration of his life'

'We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world'

The family of David Bowie have released a statement in which they say they are “overwhelmed” by the “love and support shown throughout the world”.

Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69 on Sunday.

In the statement released on the late singer’s Facebook page, his family announced that a private ceremony would be held to celebrate Bowie’s life.

"The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.

"They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.

"We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.

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"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.

"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."

The death of Bowie was met with tributes from fans across the world, as well as his friends including Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Paul McCartney.

Just two days before he died, he released his 26th studio album, Blackstar. It is expected to hold the number one spot in the charts on Friday.

Next month, the Brit Awards 2016 will pay tribute to Bowie, an artist who was seen as a visionary in the music industry.

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