After the widespread discussion of Keith Richards snorting his father’s ashes (as was seen everywhere from CNN to MSNBC to Billboard), Richards issued the following statement through the Rolling Stones website. Damage control or a joke? You be the judge. But we certainly wouldn’t put it past Keith. He’s put a lot up there…


04.04.07 From Keith Richards

The story currently circulating around the net that Keith snorted his Dad’s ashes with some cocaine is totally untrue. To set the record straight, Keith has sent us the following statement:

“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.”

Keith Richards Says He Snorted Father’s Ashes

Keith Richards
LONDON – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards acknowledged that he mixed his father’s ashes with cocaine and that “it went down pretty well.”

The 63 year old icon told British music magazine NME: “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.”

Richards’ father, Bert, passed away in 2002, he was 84.

Richards went on to warn others of his lifestyle and did not in any way endorse such behavior. Speaking further with NME he stated, “I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it’s a way of life.”