Missing Manic Remembered On Anniversary

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The family of Richey Edwards are marking the seventh anniversary of his disappearance by refusing to give up hope that he is dead.

The Manic Street Preacher guitarist and songwriter was 27 when he went missing on February 1, 1995.

By law, after seven years relatives are allowed to have a missing person declared dead.

His parents Sherry and Graham do not want to do that, or take up their entitlement to apply for his estate now that seven years have elapsed.

In Edwards' case that estate would run into millions from the royalties of the best-selling album Everything Must Go.

He wrote a lot of material on the album even though it was recorded after his disappearance.

A statement from the band's management company, Hall or Nothing, said: "For the family of Richey Edwards and the members of the Manic Street Preachers nothing has changed. Richey is still missing and we still miss him very much."

The spokeswoman added that the family did not want to declare him dead because they did not want to give up hope.

Edwards disappeared on the day the band was due to start a tour of America.

After leaving his London hotel, he travelled to his flat in Cardiff Bay where he left his passport and credit cards. His car was found abandoned near the Severn Bridge two weeks later.

[Originally published: ananova.com, 1 February 2002]