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"We'll Never Declare Him Dead. As Far As We're Concerned He's Still Alive" - Western Mail, 4th February 2002

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Title: "We'll Never Declare Him Dead. As Far As We're Concerned He's Still Alive"
Publication: Western Mail
Date: Monday 4th February 2002
Writer: Mike Jones


The last known picture of missing rock star Richey Edwards is being shown around Britain today in a bid to solve the seven-year mystery of his disappearance.

Despite a massive search and rumours of sightings around the world, the whereabouts of the Manic Street Preachers rhythm guitarist remain unknown and his parents Graham and Sherry Edwards hope their plea in the Big Issue magazine may trigger a vital clue.

More than 250,000 copies of the weekly magazine are distributed by the homeless across Britain.

Edwards vanished seven years ago but his family are refusing to give up hope even though they can now legally inherit his pounds 3m fortune.

Under British law, missing persons can officially be declared dead after seven years if there have been no confirmed sightings.

The photograph of Edwards - taken for his passport for a planned American tour - is featured alongside a plea for help to trace him.

His father Graham, 58, a retired hairdresser, said, "We want our son back and not the money. We will never declare him dead. As far as we are concerned he is still alive and we have always felt the same."

Edwards wrote the lyrics to many of the award-winning band's hits and band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore have continued to pay his share of their royalties - 25pc - into a trust fund for their friend to collect when he turns up.

Edwards went missing from the Embassy Hotel, in London, on February 1, 1995 just before he was due to fly to New York. He was known to have withdrawn pounds 200 a day from cashpoints in the two weeks before he vanished.