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Keith Richards Snorted his Dad

This was just too great not to share:

LONDON, England (AP) -- Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all -- assuming it's not a joke.

In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father's ashes mixed with cocaine.

"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

"He was cremated, and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared," he said. "... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."

Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.

—CNN, Report: Richards says he snorted dad's ashes
Though now they're saying that this isn't true. According to MTV:

Maybe you saw that Keith Richards item that started popping up all over the place on Tuesday (April 3) — the one about how he'd admitted to snorting the ashes of his late father after his body had been cremated? Great story, right? And yet, like so much in the world of celebrity journalism, totally untrue.


In a buzz-killing mood, though, we decided to check with Richards' longtime manager, Jane Rose. We asked her about the dad-snorting quotes in the NME interview. She responded with an e-mail:

"Said in jest," she explained. "Can't believe anyone took [it] seriously."

—, Did Keith Richards Really Snort His Dad's Ashes? No – It Was A Joke!
Right. I often make jokes about sniffing the cremated remains of my parents. All the time.


Comments on Keith Richards Snorted his Dad
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Saturday, April 07, 2007 10:14:00 AM
Hehe... rockstar humor... even though, I do believe it was a joke...
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Tuesday, April 17, 2007 3:48:00 PM
Nah. I think he did it and is back-pedaling due to the shock and publicity.

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