Officially "dead" from 1 February, these extracts from fansites suggest the Manic Street Preacher's memory lives on.
About being declared dead. It doesn't change the situation but it does make it more definite. I'll be pretty depressed when that happens and I still cry over him, especially when I listen to songs like Life Becoming A Landslide or Small Black Flowers. Love to all of you,
I think he is dead and people have just got to face up to it. That sounds harsh but I speak from experience, which most people don't have. My boyfriend disappeared around the same time as Richey and cos there was no body year in, year out we all still kinda thought he'd come back, not so. His remains were found two years ago, so no body being found doesn't mean a thing.
Through our collective discussions on topical issues and the way we all talk about MSP, Richey lives on through us. He always preached about being intelligent and discussing stuff and that's exactly what we all do. So Richey is alive. It's the most "alive" that we can understand.
[Originally published: Q, February 2002]