In a recent interview with NME, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said he snorted his dead father's ashes. Richards' exact quote: "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow." Richards has now issued a statement saying his comments shouldn't be taken seriously. His manager, Jane Rose told the BBC News that Richards remarks were "in jest." Whether true or not, Richards isn't the first to have the idea of inhaling the dead.
A post on Gothamist about James Brown's death and open casket funeral had this response from one commenter: "I bet if he was cremated and you snort his ashes, you’d get a pretty good high." People have the same idea about the potential of Richards' ashes for stimulation. A comment on Metal Sludge's gossip board: "When Keith dies, I hope to get a bit of his ashes…snorting his ashes alone would probably give you the wildest high in history."
This story on the Dagger website, entitled 'The Night We Snorted Sammy,' is along the same…lines.
Apparently, in some cases, distinguishing ashes from cocaine is difficult. A piece in Snopes discusses a burglary in Florida where ashes went missing. Detectives could only speculate, but thought thieves had possibly mistaken it for coke.
And according to a story on Ananova.com, thieves broke into a house and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, two televisions, and a video recorder. The burglars also found a bag labeled Charlie and arranged it in "cocaine-style" lines. Charlie was homeowner Dee Blyth's dog. She said, "It was horrible knowing they were in my house, but the idea of them trying to get high on a dead dog made me feel better."