Palmer to Be Buried in Switzerland
09/30/2003 AT 12:36 PM EDT
Palmer, 54, who had been promoting his album "Drive" (which was released in May), collapsed at the Warwick Hotel, just off the Champs-Elysees in Paris, after a relaxed night of dinner and a movie with his companion of 20 years, Mary Ambrose, said Cater.
The two-time Grammy winner had received a clean bill of health in a medical checkup about two weeks ago, the manager also said.
An autopsy confirmed Palmer died of a heart attack, according to officials in Paris. According to British news reports, French authorities have released the body of the star (who was born in Yorkshire, England), and it will now be taken back to Switzerland.
Palmer's parents, Les and Ann, and his daughter Jane, 22, have traveled to Switzerland to plan his funeral, the BBC reports. No date for the service has been announced.
"Robert lived in Switzerland for the last 15 years, and that is where he wanted to be," Cater tells the BBC. "He said it was the first home he ever had."
The sharply dressed Palmer had been performing since the early 1970s, playing in bands including Mandrake Paddle Steamer and Dada, featuring Elkie Brooks. He then went on to front Vinegar Joe, also with Brooks, releasing three albums with the band before going solo.