04/04/2007 at 01:00 PM EDT
Still proving George Bernard Shaw's observation that England and America are two countries divided by a common language, it now appears that Keith Richards's startling remark about having snorted his father's ashes was lost in the translation.
According to Richards's manager, Jane Rose, in an e-mail message to MTV News,
Richards's comment about his sniffing his dad's cremated ashes
– after he first mixed them with cocaine – was "said in jest. ... Can't believe anyone took [it] seriously."
Added Bernard Doherty of LD Communications, which represents the Rolling Stones: "It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke, and it is not true. File under April Fool's joke," the Associated Press reports.
As was quoted by the British music magazine NME
, and picked up widely around the world, the Rolling Stones guitarist, 63, said of father Burt, who died at 84 in 2002, "He was cremated, and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared."