Keith Richards has quite an unusual request for his daughters.
The Rolling Stones rocker has told his daughters — Theodora, 30, and Alexandra, 28 — that he wants them to snort his ashes when he dies, just like he did after his father, Bert, died. The 71-year-old guitarist, and former heroin and cocaine user, said he would provide the resources necessary to complete the task, according to the Daily Mirror.
“I’ll give them a straw,” he said. It is not clear how Keith Richards’ daughters feel about his request.
Keith Richards shocked the world in 2007 when he admitted to snorting a cocktail of Bert’s ashes and cocaine. He insisted that his father, who died at the age of 84, wouldn’t have minded at all.
“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” he said, at the time. “He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.”
According to NME, Richards later denied his admission, and then clarified what happened in 2010. He said he spilled some of the ashes on a table, and didn’t want to “desecrate” them by sweeping them up in a broom. He decided to snort the spilled ashes and put the rest of Bert’s ashes around a tree.
“I opened dad’s ashes, and some blew over the table. I asked, ‘Should I desecrate them with a dustbin and broom?'” he said. “So I wet me finger and I shoved a bit of me dad up me f****** ‘ooter. I’m sure he’s still blessing me. The rest I put round an oak tree.”
Richards said he has no regrets about his past drug usage (he quit taking cocaine in 2006 after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji), and said he used to love hanging out with junkies.
“Regret is when I ran out. I loved hanging out with junkies; very interesting, discerning drug takers,” he said. “I do sadly miss amphetamines.”
2015 has been a big year for Keith Richards. Not only is he releasing his first solo album in 23 years, Crosseyed Heart, he also has a new documentary coming to Netflix, Keith Richards: Under the Influence. As the Inquisitr previously reported, both are due out on September 18.
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore of rock ‘n’ roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music — for all of the light and dark shades that implies,” Oscar-winner Morgan Neville, the director of the documentary, said.
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