The manager for the Rolling Stones says the outrageous remark was "said in jest"

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 04, 2007 01:20 PM

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.”