David Bowie's lawyers searching for secret love children
File photo of David Bowie. (Getty Images)
Lawyers for late rock icon David Bowie have asked any secret heirs who might lay claim to his US$100 million fortune to come forward.
Anyone who believes they have the right to inherit a portion of his estate, including any secret love children, will have two months to present their claims, after a notice was placed in British newspaper The Times on Saturday.
David, who passed away aged 69 in January last year after a battle with cancer, has two acknowledged children, film director Duncan Jones, 45, by his first wife Angie, and a daughter Lexi Jones, 16, by his second wife Iman.
The notice, published under the Starman singer’s real name of David Robert Jones in accordance with British inheritance law, requires claimants to present details of their relationship to him to lawyers at London legal firm Simkins LLP by 4 May.
During the peak of his career in the 1970s, Bowie lived a typical rock and roll lifestyle, later admitting his promiscuity in interviews.
The star was a posthumous victor at the BRIT Awards ceremony last week, winning two prizes, Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album.
Accepting the latter award on his father’s behalf, Duncan delivered an emotional speech recounting what his father meant to him and his fans.
“I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad and I was spending a lot of time, after getting over the shock, of trying to work out what would I want my son to know about his granddad,” the Moon filmmaker said.
“And I think it would be the same thing that most of my dad’s fans have taken over the last 50 years: That he’s always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird or a little bit strange - a little bit different. And he’s always been there for them.”
If no further claimants to Bowie’s estate emerge, his widow Iman will receive US$50 million, and his two children US$25 million each, in accordance with his will.