David Bowie's Family Planning Private Funeral, Welcome Public Celebrations

PHOTO: David Bowie stands backstage at the Film Society of Lincoln Centers Tribute to Susan Sarandon at Avery Fisher Hall, May 5, 2003, in New York City.PlayEvan Agostini/Getty Images
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David Bowie's family announced Thursday that they are planning a private funeral for the late singer, who died Sunday.

"The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend," a Facebook post from Bowie's official page read. "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."

The family's statement clarified, "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 post may be referring to several memorial concerts being planned in Bowie's honor.

Carnegie Hall in New York City is planning a tribute concert, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Perry Farrell and The Roots. The show, which will take place on March 31, will also serve as a benefit to support "music education programs serving underprivileged youth," according to the music hall's website.

Bowie died at the age of 69 on Sunday after battling cancer for more than a year, his representative confirmed to ABC News.