David Bowie‘s family has released a statement on his passing. Bowie died of cancer Sunday at the age of 69.

The note says:




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.

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.

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Countless celebrities took to social media to share their condolences.