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Manics Richey Declared Dead After 13 Years - Daily Record, 24th November 2008

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Title: Manics Richey Declared Dead After 13 Years
Publication: Daily Record
Date: Monday 24th November 2008
Writer: Rick Fulton


Parents' legal move to release assets.

Missing Manic Street Preachers star Richey Edwards is legally presumed dead - more than 13 years after his disappearance.

His parents got the court order to release the musician's assets.

Edwards is believed to have thrown himself off the Severn Bridge in February 1995. He was 27.

But the songwriter's body has never been found, sparking theories hemight have begun a new life.

His family could have had him presumed dead after seven years.

However, parents Graham and Sherry, of southWales, refused in the hope he might be found alive. They have now had a change of heart. The guitarist's assets have been frozen since his disappearance.

A grant of probate was made to release his personal estate of £455,990, which was reduced after liabilities to £377,548.

Edwards left no will and had no spouse or children so his entire estate goes to Graham and Sherry.

The other three members of the Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore - have been putting royalties in an account for Edwards since 1995. David Ellis, lawyer for the Edwards, said the legal move reflected "an acceptance that his affairs have to be sorted".

He added: "That's not the same as an acceptance he is dead."

But the band's long-time friend Terri Hall said: "It is hugely emotional for all of us.

This is the parents' choice and the band are happy to go with what they decide.

"We dream Richey will come back one day but it is no longer a realistic hope."

Alleged sightings of Edwards in India and the Canary Islands came to nothing.