Keith Richards has embodied the highs and lows of a rock and roll lifestyle for decades. But if his final wish is granted, he’ll even manage to continue this trend into death.
Richards – who, by the way, has no intention of leaving any time soon, and who we fully expect to outlive us all – has just made a very strange and very public request to his family.
He’d like to be cremated. And he’d like his daughters to snort his ashes.
Richards told The Mirror that not only would he be happy for Theodora, 30, and Alexandra, 28, to do the deed.
“I’ll give them a straw”, he said, tactfully.
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Richards once infamously claimed to have given his father Bert the same farewell. “He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow”. He believed his Dad would not have minded in the slightest.
However, he later clarified the story with a slightly more tasteful version: “I opened dad’s ashes, and some blew over the table. I asked: should I desecrate them with a broom?
“So I wet me finger and I shoved a bit of me dad up me [expletive deleted] ‘ooter. I’m sure he’s still blessing me. The rest I put ‘round a tree”.
Richards, who quit his cocaine habit in 2006, is strangely philosophical about his drug habit, and has no regrets. “Regret is when I ran out”, he once told GQ Magazine. “I loved hanging out with junkies; very interesting, discerning drug takers”.
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How do you feel about Keith’s irreverent attitude to death? Would this farewell be appropriate, funny, tasteless or horrifying? Or a strange combination of all four?