Report: Rolling Stone Keith Richards Admits Snorting Father's Ashes

Tuesday , April 15, 2008



Rolling Stone Keith Richards has changed his tune about inhaling his father, according to a report.

Richards told Blender magazine for its May issue that he did indeed snort a bit of his late father.

"I opened my dad's ashes and some of them blew out over the table, just because of the suction of the lid, you know what I mean?" Richards told the magazine.

"I looked at my dad's ashes down there and — what am I gonna do? Do I desecrate them with a dustbin and broom? So I wet me [sic] finger and I shoved a little bit of Dad up me [sic] hooter," he said. "The rest of them I put round an oak tree, which is coming up a treat. And I'm sure he's still blessing me."

Richards told Blender that no cocaine was involved in the incident.

"I no longer do cocaine — I'm not allowed to since I broke my head open, otherwise I'd be right in, baby!" he told the magazine. "Nothing stops the old snorter! But I can't do it; I don't do it."

Last year, reports surfaced in NME magazine that the rocker had snorted his father's ashes along with a hit of cocaine. In April 2007, a Rolling Stones spokesman denied the NME's report.

"It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke, and it is not true. File under April Fool's joke," Bernard Doherty said then.

But NME said on its Web site that the remark was "no quip, but came about after much thinking" by the guitarist.

"He didn't offer the information, I had to ask him a couple of questions to get the information out of him," interviewer Mark Beaumont said. "He didn't come straight out with that."

In the 2007 interview, Richards was quoted 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 alive."

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

In a statement posted on the Rolling Stones Web site last year, Richards said:

"The complete story is lost in the usual slanting! The truth of the matter is that I planted a sturdy English Oak. I took the lid off the box of ashes and he is now growing oak trees and would love me for it!!! I was trying to say how tight Bert and I were. That tight!!! I wouldn't take cocaine at this point in my life unless I wished to commit suicide."

Richards also answered Blender reader questions in the May 2008 issue about Bill Wyman's sex life, playing with the Rolling Stones and using drugs.

Click here for Blender magazine's Web site.