David Bowie may come to South-east Asia, for good

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Rock legend David Bowie had asked for ashes to be scattered in Bali says his will.

The New York Post, citing Bowie’s will which was filed in a Manhattan court, said that the British rock star wanted his ashes scattered in Bali in line with Buddhist rituals.

The Indonesian island, which is predominantly Hindu, is renowned for its unique musical and artistic culture and as a retreat for spirituality seekers.

The newspaper said that Bowie left around half of an estimated US$100mil (about RM414mil) fortune to his widow, the Somali-born supermodel Iman, along with their home in New York’s Soho district. His two children, filmmaker Duncan Jones and his teenage daughter, Lexi, are splitting most of the rest.

Court officials were not available to confirm the contents of the will.

Bowie died on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday, following an 18-month battle with cancer that he revealed only to a select few.

His family has kept his wishes for discretion over his death and final rites, saying only that loved ones would hold a private ceremony.

Bowie is believed to have spent time in Bali and other parts of region.

It seems clear that the singer loved South-east Asia and Borneo was mentioned it in his song Tumble And Twirl.

The island of Bali is believed to be one of Bowie's favourite places in Asia. Photo: AFP/Shutterstock

The island of Bali is believed to be one of Bowie’s favourite places in Asia. Photo: AFP/Shutterstock

The Jakarta Post, in an article after Bowie’s death, found a photo of the rocker dressed in an Indonesian sarong and said he made Indonesian-language versions of several of his songs.

Bowie died two days after releasing his final album, Blackstar, which in retrospect was an intricate artistic statement on the career of one of the most influential artists in rock history.

Over a nearly half-century career, Bowie pioneered glam rock and pursued soul, electronica, New Wave pop and jazz. He was also a major force in fashion, theater and art.– AFP Relaxnews


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