Richey Edwards, R.I.P.

Thirteen years after his abandoned car was found beside the England-Wales-spanning Severn Bridge, Manic Street Preachers guitarist/lyricist Richey Edwards was declared officially dead, after his parents were granted a court order allowing him to be presumed as such. Edwards’ body was never discovered, and fans had reported sightings of him over the past 13 years, but it had long been assumed he committed suicide. “We all dream Richey will come back one day. You hope he is still around somewhere,” a spokeswoman for the Manics said on Sunday. “But it is no longer a realistic hope and if this offers some kind of closure then the band will be content with that.” The remaining members, meanwhile, have begun recording a new album (with Steve Albini) using Edwards’ lyrics. Edwards was 27 when he disappeared on Feb. 1, 1995. [Wales Online / NME]