NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — David Bowie’s family said they are planning a private funeral for the late icon.

His family posted a note titled “Thank you” on Bowie’s websites as well as his social media pages on Thursday.

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“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,” the Facebook posting said.

Bowie died Sunday at age 69 after battling cancer for 18 months. The family said “we are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”

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Bowie celebrated his birthday last Friday, the day he released a new album called “Blackstar.” It topped the U.S. iTunes’ albums chart. It was recorded last year at the Magic Shop studio in SoHo.

A new off-Broadway show he produced is also in its final week of performances.

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