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April 4, 2007

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Keith Richards snorted cremated dad's ashes

London - Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all.

In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father's ashes mixed with cocaine.

"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared," he said. "... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."

Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.

Richards, one of rock's legendary wild men, told the magazine that his survival was the result of luck, and advised young musicians against trying to emulate him.

"I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it's a way of life," he was quoted as saying.

"I've no pretensions about immortality," he added. "I'm the same as everyone ... just kind of lucky.

The mystery continues

Nassau, Bahamas - DNA test results ordered by a Bahamas judge to identify the father of late Playboy Playmate and tabloid star Anna Nicole Smith's 6-month-old baby daughter, Dannielynn, were not made public on Tuesday.

The tests results, from a DNA swab of the child, had been widely expected to be revealed during Tuesday's proceedings in a Nassau court.

But the closed-door session ended about 1-1/2 hours after it began without shedding any light on the paternity issue.

Damian Gomez, an attorney representing Smith's longtime companion and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, said the Nassau court proceedings would resume next Tuesday.

Stern is listed as Dannielynn's father on her birth certificate, and Los Angeles photographer Larry Birkhead also claims paternity.

Another paternity dispute

New York - Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown gave birth Tuesday to a daughter in California, her publicist said.

The baby, who weighs 5 pounds, 4 ounces, was born just after midnight Monday at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, said Nadine Bibi in an e-mail.

Brown has said ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy is the father. The 46-year-old "Dreamgirls" star has said he's not sure. Brown has said there's "absolutely no question that Eddie is the father."

The 31-year-old Brown, known as Scary Spice when she was in the megahit group of the '90s, has an 8-year-old daughter, Phoenix Chi, from her marriage to Jimmy Gulzar. Their 15-month marriage ended in divorce in 2000.

Murphy's wife, Nicole, filed for divorce in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in 1993 and have five children.

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