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Old 04.01.2011, 23:52
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"Bakerstreet's" Gerry Rafferty Dies at Age 63

Scots music legend Gerry Rafferty died yesterday aged 63 after a long-standing battle with ill-health.

The Paisley-born Baker Street singer - who fought a long battle with alcoholism - passed away at his home in Bournemouth yesterday morning.

Rafferty amazed medics in November last year after battling back from a kidney failure which saw loved ones say their goodbyes to the singer/songwriter.

At the time his fiancée Enzina Fuschini, 56, said: "Gerry is strong and I'm praying he pulls through."

After the close-call at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital step-daughter Virginia Young, 28, added: "I said my goodbyes on Sunday, he was that critical. We were able to chat, it was a real special time. He has the fight in him, now is not his time to die."

And her sister Grace, 22, said: "He has amazing strength and an amazing sense of fight in him. We all know he struggled with alcohol, but he has always wanted to get better."

In 2008 panic spread after Rafferty went AWOL from a hospital where he was being treated for liver failure.

He was admitted after being kicked out of a five-star hotel - where staff feared he was drinking himself to death.

Rafferty formed first band The Humblebums with Billy Connolly before finding success with Stealers Wheel.

His solo 1978 hit Baker Street still netted him around £80,000 a year up until his death.

Rafferty is probably best known for the hit Stuck in the Middle with You, which was made famous in the Quentin Tarantino movie Reservoir Dogs.

He is survived by daughter Martha, granddaughter Celia, and brother, Jim.




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Re: "Bakerstreet's" Gerry Rafferty Dies at Age 63

Gerry will be fondly remembered here in Hastings. The drummer on Baker Street is local resident, Liam Genocky, who still plays regularly in the local pubs with various bands.
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That's sad news. May he rest in peace . . .
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