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David Bowie 'cremated in secret in New York'

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FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)
FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 1, 1976 shows British singer David Bowie is pictured, in April 1976, in Helsinki. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / LEHTIKUVA / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 23, 1990 shows British singer David Bowie presenting himself to a press conference in London to announce his new world tour due to start in Canada in March, and will take in five continents and will close in August . British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 24, 2002 shows British musician David Bowie performing in Paris. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 1992 shows British singer David Bowie says a prayer for Freddie Mercury after singing a song in front of the 72,000 people gathered, at Wembley Stadium, in London to attend the Aids benefit concert. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / THIERRY SALIOUTHIERRY SALIOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 5, 2003 shows British singer David Bowie performs on stage during his concert at the Sportpaleis of Antwerp. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BELGA / PETER DE VEOCHTPETER DE VEOCHT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2002 shows British singer David Bowie performing in Paris during his only Paris gig. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 14, 1999 shows British rock star posing October 14, 1999 in Paris during a press conference. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 17, 1974 shows British rock star David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 13, 1997 shows rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album "Earthlings." British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / VINCE BUCCIVINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 03, 1987 shows British singer David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 3rd February 1973: David Bowie (David Robert Jones) pop star and actor. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Lord Snowdon's portrait of David Bowie will feature in the new exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

David Bowie has been cremated in New York City with no family or friends present, it has been claimed.

The iconic British singer passed away on Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer, with his representative confirming the news on Monday. It's now been reported the 69-year-old star has already been laid to rest, with no further public ceremony planned.

"There is no public or private service or a public memorial. There is nothing," a source told The Mirror.

An insider added: "In many respects you don’t need a memorial or service to remember David by... You have his music instead. He would have wanted to just disappear with no fuss, no big show, no fan-fare. This would totally be his style. His last album Blackstar was very much his goodbye to fans instead."

It's suggested Bowie spoke to his model wife Iman about his desire for no fanfare following his death. He was reportedly clear that he didn't want a lavish ceremony, instead stating he should only be remembered for his music. Bowie's final record, Blackstar, was released on Friday (08Jan16) - the same day he turned 69, with his producer Tony Visconti explaining it was meant to be a "parting gift" to his fans. In the recently-released video for his single Lazarus he's seen writhing on a hospital bed, before he disappears into blackness.

Although it appears there will be no public funeral for the star, his life will be honoured in other ways. There will be a tribute to him at the BRIT Awards in London, UK, in February (16), and a memorial concert will be held at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 31 March (16).

The exact details of the musician's death haven't been confirmed yet, but there are reports he was suffering from liver cancer. His good friend Visconti has suggested the star thought his life would be longer, and he was even planning to make more music public. According to the businessman, Bowie spoke to him a week before his passing to discuss making another record.

"At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar and I was thrilled and I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least," he told Rolling Stone. "Obviously, if he's excited about doing his next album, he must've thought he had a few more months.

"So the end must've been very rapid. I'm not privy to it. I don't know exactly, but he must've taken ill very quickly after that phone call."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of the public gather outside the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton to pay tribute to David Bowie on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of the public gather outside the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton to pay tribute to David Bowie on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Flowers and other momentos are left at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A boy leaves flowers beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A written note is seen amid flowers, candles and other mementos placed on the Hollywood Star of the late David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
People pay their respects at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of the public gather outside the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton to pay tribute to David Bowie on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of the public gather outside the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton to pay tribute to David Bowie on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Flowers, candles and pictures sit at a memorial outside of the late musician and performer David Bowie's apartment that he shared with his wife on January 11, 2016 in New York City. A growing memorial sits outside of the residence in lower Manhattan following news that Bowie died over the weekend following 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was 69 and had just released his 25th studio album, "Blackstar," to strong reviews on January 8. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
A man lights a candle during a wake outside British music legend David Bowie's former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 late on January 11, 2016. British music legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. / AFP / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
People pay their respects at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
A woman pays her respects at the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A woman grieves beside a wreath donated from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which was delivered to the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Candles, flowers and other momentos are placed on the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A woman grieves beside a wreath donated from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which was delivered to the Hollywood Star of the late British musician David Bowie in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 2016. Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, prompting a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death was a shock with his death coming just two days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A fan puts flowers at a memorial outside of the residence of British music legend David Bowie in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A poster with David Bowie's face is seen at a memorial outside of the apartment building where he had a home in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A fan reacts at a memorial outside of the residence of British music legend David Bowie in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A fan reacts at a memorial outside of the residence of British music legend David Bowie in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A fan reacts at a memorial outside of the residence of British music legend David Bowie in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A poster is seen of British music legend David Bowie at a memorial outside of the residence in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
A candle with David Bowie's face on it is seen at a memorial outside of the apartment building where he had a home in New York on January 11, 2016. Bowie has died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer, unleashing a cascade of tributes for one of the most influential and innovative artists of his time. A notoriously private person, Bowie's death in New York was a shock to the world with the announcement coming just three days after he released his 25th studio album "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday on January 8. "David Bowie died peacefully today (Sunday) surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," said a statement posted January 11 on his official social media accounts. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Memorabilia and bouquets of flowers are left in honor of David Bowie outside his New York apartment, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Memorabilia and bouquets of flowers are left in honor of David Bowie outside his New York apartment, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People gather to listen to David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to sing and pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Ritzy cinema in south London to pay homage to British singer David Bowie following the announcement of Bowie's death on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of public gather and lay flowers by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A man looks on as he pauses next to flowers laid by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of public gather and lay flowers by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A woman leaves flowers beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A boy looks up as members of the public gather and lay flowers by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A child lays a candle next to a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A woman looks on as she sits next to flowers laid by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Flowers are laid beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A man performs a David Bowie song on the mouth organ as people gather to celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A woman leaves flowers beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A man leaves flowers beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People gather to listen to David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People perform David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Members of the media and public gather by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: People gather to listen to David Bowie songs as they celebrate his life in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: A woman dances to a David Bowie song as people celebrate his life at a gathering in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: People pay tribute to the late musician and performer David Bowie at a memorial outside of the apartment he shared with his wife on January 11, 2016 in New York City. A growing memorial sits outside of the residence in lower Manhattan following news that Bowie died over the weekend following a year long battle with cancer. Bowie was 69 and had just released his 25th studio album, "Blackstar," to strong reviews on Friday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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