Jones squashed the claims amid recent rumors that Bowie's unidentified goddaughter brought the musical genius' ashes to the 70,000-person arts gathering in the Black Rock Desert last week. His ashes were reportedly burned in the temple, a structure dedicated to mourning and loss.
"That Burning Man thing? What people will do & say for attention never ceases to amaze me. Not true. Kind of a gross claim as well. *sigh*," Jones wrote in a tweet Monday.
Later in the day, Jones stated that if Bowie's ashes were to burn in public, they would have burned at
The rumor originated on Burn.Life, a blog written by Matt Mihaly. Mihaly addressed Jones' comments Monday in an update on his Blog:
Director Duncan Jones, Bowie's son by his first wife, denies that Bowie's ashes were there. Insofar as he wasn't involved with this as far as I know, I don't consider the denial particularly important, but he sounds upset and I'm not looking to offend him. I'm not going to provide any further evidence or info from sources out of respect, but I'm not going to take down the story either, as it's a result of multiple independent sources that were there. People have asked if I think Mr. Jones is therefore lying. I don't. I'm not going to speculate as to his denial however, again, out of respect.
Mihaly said that the sources who tipped him off to the claim last week were reliable, though they did not want to come forward publicly.
A symphony did perform a tribute to Bowie with a compilation of his songs near one of the art pieces during the weeklong event from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5.