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why they extended it from whatever the legal length of time is - seven years? Ten years maybe? - between going missing and being presumed dead.
after seven years
Because really, nothing's changed. No evidence of his death or anything. It's just that his parents have decided to take up their right to declare him 'presumed dead' from a legal standpoint. Personally, as years have gone on, I've grown more resigned to the idea that he probably is dead. I imagine that those close to him have probably done the same thing. Maybe the idea behind the band recording his last lyrics is similar, to finally try and draw a line under the whole thing. Who knows...
it must still be emotionally difficult when it's declared 'true' legally than to just be the accepted realistic outcome. i doubt the band really thought he would come back anyway, even at the time, but i read a JDB interview promoting Lifeblood that said he doubted Richey was wondering around somewhere watching MTV through a window of Dixons scratching his beard and thinking "well done lads". However putting closure on it is going to be a lot more difficult than having even a slither of hope.
....After losing the heartbeat of their band, to continue on so strongly and release such songs is testament to their character. I'd like to say I believe Richey is still alive, but I just cant see it. I hope he rests in peace if he is gone.
richey's royalties have always been paid into a bank account. the band made some form of comment about how the money would be used to further childrens literary education somehow. it couldnt be used until he was officialy named dead. which his parents wouldnt do before this time. at least it allows some real good to come from his death.
"Personally, I still think he's alive, although I've got no physical evidence or reason to think that he is. But I do...how can you accept that he's dead, when there's no body, no evidence whatsoever? It's irrational." - Nicky Wire
but I really couldn't give a monkey's. I do wish Manics would stop playing their music though.
you are a heartless cunt.
but wasn't the £200 a day thing money for the american tour he was due to go on?
That was paid for. It's bizarre and sad. I think he is dead, but imagine if he ever did come back? jesus!
I heard a few cabbages were stolen from an allotment in Swansea over the weekend as well which could bump it down the bulletin a bit.
"I didn't even know he was missing!"
that the royalties richey is owed is nearly £12million as he is still being paid as a member of the manics which is 25% of what they earn as a band. So there's £12million waiting for his relatives in a bank account somewhere!
This is sad.
Rip Mr Edwards
the real figure is nearer to £500,000. Besides, the Manics only sold a fraction of their records with Richey in the band as opposed to their total sales.
This doesn't really change a lot, good for the family to get some closure I guess though. Interesting timing though with the new album being purely Richey songs..