Keith Richards

Keith Richards Says He Snorted Dad's Ashes

04/03/2007 at 04:35 PM EDT

Keith Richards Says He Snorted Dad's Ashes
Keith Richards
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Never one to shy away from the outrageous, Keith Richards now admits to having sniffed the ashes of his father – mixed with cocaine.

"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," the Rolling Stones guitarist, 63, is quoted as saying by the British music magazine NME.

"He was cremated," recalls Richards of father Bert, who died at 84 in 2002, "and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared."

Describing the moment, the musician says, "It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive." But he, of course, advises others not to follow his example.

As for how he's survived all these years, Richards – who last May underwent brain surgery after falling off a tree stump – tells the publication, "I've no pretensions about immortality. I'm the same as everyone ... just kind of lucky."

Furthermore, he's quoted as saying, "I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it's a way of life. I was No. 1 on the 'who's likely to die' list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list."

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