David Bowie's funeral details and planned memorial concert revealed

New details on the funeral of music legend David Bowie have been released. The singer, who passed away at 69 on Jan. 10 in Manhattan following a private 18-month cancer battle, will be laid to rest in the U.S., where he has been living with his family for the past few decades, according to the U.K. newspaper The Sun.


Fans gathered to lay flowers and candles in David Bowie's birthplace, Brixton, in London. Photo: © Getty Images

Meanwhile, a memorial concert is scheduled for March 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert was originally billed as a tribute to the China Girl hitmaker, with the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats among other artists scheduled to take part to sing David's songs.

Organizers, who have spent seven months planning, have decided to go ahead with the show but it will be staged as a memorial concert instead.

Mourners sang along to David's hit songs, including Star Man. Photo: © Getty Images

"This year's concert will certainly be remembered as a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers and fans," an announcement was made on the venue's official website. "We are all deeply saddened by this news. The timing of our public on-sale date is bizarre in its timing and the show is taking on many more emotions."

On the day that his death was announced, fans gathered in Brixton, the south London neighbourhood where David was born, to pay tribute to the superstar.

The singer died in New York City following a private cancer battle. Photo: © Getty Images

Members of the public united to lay flowers, leave touching notes, candles and even paintings in front of a mural of David. They sang songs, including Star Man, outside the Ritzy Cinema which had changed its exterior signage to read: "David Bowie, our Brixton boy, RIP."

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A statement was posted on the musician's official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to announce his death. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it read. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

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