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Keith Richards: `I Snorted My Father’
LONDON (AP) — Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of
illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. 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.
Richards, one of rock’s legendary wild men, told the magazine that his
survival was the result of luck, and advised young musicians against
trying to emulate him.
“I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it’s a
way of life,” he was quoted as saying.
“I’ve no pretensions about immortality,” he added. “I’m the same as
everyone … just kind of lucky.
“I was No. 1 on the `who’s likely to die’ list for 10 years. I mean, I
was really disappointed when I fell off the list,” Richards said.