Did Keith Richards Really Snort His Dad's Ashes?
No - It Was A Joke!Comments made in magazine interview were only 'said
in jest,' manager tells MTV News.
By Kurt Loder
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 case you missed it, this little yarn first appeared in the pages of
London's notoriously unreliable New Musical Express. The magazine
quoted the Rolling Stones guitarist as saying, "The strangest thing
I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated
and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My
dad wouldn't have cared. ... It went down pretty well, and I'm still
This wildly dubious quote proved irresistible to newspapers, wire
services and TV and online outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, from
The Associated Press to Forbes, The Drudge Report, Breitbart and E!
Online. In fact, it was such a great story that nobody bothered trying
to confirm it with a Richards representative - why spoil the fun with
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]
AugustWest wrote:I saw keith and hunter s doing an interview together some years back. I wanted to watch it, but I had some drinks and I couldn't understand a word they where saying. I tried with all my might but I seriously couldn't grasp more than 2 words that came out of hunters mouth. Anyone know where that interview was from or see it?
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