The cremation ceremony of David Bowie, which died last Sunday at age 69 because of a cancer-was held in New York, in the strictest solitude. At the express wish of the British musician, no one came; no family or friends. Nor will there be no memorial service funeral rites by their relatives, suggest the British media.
Only the closest people knew Bowie suffered from liver cancer. The author of Starman told his family that just wanted to be remembered for the good times and the musical legacy, says the Daily Mirror. The truth is that the artist always protected his personal life in the spotlight.
His followers, inevitably tribute to this musical legend surrender. The concert hall Carnegie Hall in New York, will host on March 31 a concert in memory of Bowie. The show, which was already planned before his death, was originally scheduled as a tribute to his musical career with songs that would be interpreted by artists like Visconti, Cyndi Lauper and The Roots, among others. In addition, Brit Awards, to be held in February, will be dedicated to the singer. The chairman of the awards, Max Lousada, David Bowie described as an artist “with an extraordinary life and work and one of our greatest icons”.
David Bowie leaves the collective memory of an intangible musical heritage, but also a large inheritance to his widow, Iman, and their two sons, Duncan and Alexandria. British media have reported that the estimated figure is the legacy of nearly 180 million euros, which have been obtained thanks to his artistic career, which started in the late sixties, and several lucky financial transactions.
The musician founded his own management company, Isolar Enterprises, which allowed him to closely monitor their business. In addition, a significant portion of its revenue came from the sale of their music albums -25 and over 140 million copies sold around the world and their successful concert tours.
His latest album, Blackstar, published just two days before his death, and is emerging as a success. Monday was the most downloaded album on iTunes platform, Apple; in the United States, two songs from the new album and were in the top five on the Billboard chart; and 42,000 copies in the UK within 24 hours of the announcement of his death were sold.