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David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones denies reports his father’s ashes were scattered at Burning Man festival

Ian Harvey

David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones has contradicted the reports that his father’s ashes were distributed at the Burning Man festival. Jones who is 45 years old, said on Twitter on Monday: “That Burning Man thing? What people will do & say for attention never ceases to amaze me. Not true.” He also posted an image of the seaside resort Skegness and wrote: “…We all know if dad DID want his ashes scattered in front of strangers, it would be at the Skegness Butlins. ;) [sic]”

Jones with his father David Bowie Source:By David Shankbone - David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0,

Jones with his father David Bowie Source:By David Shankbone – David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0,

David Bowie passed away at age 69 in January following a secret battle with cancer. A source had previously told E! News: “David’s godchild and David had long talks about Burning Man and what it stands for, and David loved the message behind it.”

The website stated that the ceremony took place at the Temple, a vast construction for attendees to pay tribute peacefully to their loved ones, but this was not the case.

The Burning Man is a yearly festival that takes place at Black Rock City; this temporary community started in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It is said to be an experiment in art and the community.

 Burning Man Source:By Aaron Logan, CC BY 2.0,

Burning Man Source:By Aaron Logan, CC BY 2.0,

In the meantime, Iman, 61, who also lost her mother in April, made her first public appearing since her losses at Tom Ford’s Fall collection show of 2016, located at New York Fashion week. She disclosed that she is slowly coming to terms with her loss.

The model said in an interview with Good Morning America: ‘It’s just been a tough year, but I’m holding up. ‘When Joe praised her as a ‘survivor’, she replied: ‘Not as much as you think. ‘The Somalian sweetheart also disclosed that she wears a special necklace in tribute to her husband, which was created by designer Hedi Slimane. She stated: ‘I’m wearing this until my death. Hedi Slimane created it for me. It simply says “David”.’

Bowie married Mary Angela Barnett on March 19th, 1970 at Bromley Register Office in Bromley, London. Their son Duncan was born on May 30th, 1971. On April 24th, 1992, Bowie married Somali-American model, Iman, in a secluded ceremony in Lausanne. They had a daughter that was born in August 2000. The couple lived mainly in London and New York City, but also owned an apartment in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay.