Duran Duran, Blur tour director and Gorillaz Craig Duffy and his partner died in the A39 crash


Tributes are paid to Craig Duffy, a “caring” and “considerate” tour manager of stars who died in an accident on the A39 on the Devon / Somerset border.

Mr Duffy and his partner Sue Parmiter both died after the collision between Minehead and Porlock, near Tivington, yesterday.

Another person was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Police called for witnesses and said they were particularly keen to hear from anyone traveling on the A39 road yesterday afternoon, before the crash.

They also want dashcam footage of anyone driving on that road and have a special webpage to download dashcam videos to, here.

Tributes are pouring in for Mr. Duffy, who has worked with Duran Duran, Blur, Gorillaz, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Radiohead and U2 to name a few. He was undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Gerard Franklin, the former publicist for Duran Duran, told DevonLive: “Craig was without a doubt one of the best touring directors in the world of music.

“He was a gentleman, caring and considerate and the ultimate professional. It was a lot of fun to be with him on tour, a real joy.

“He was incredibly helpful to the whole team and to the people working on his tours and was appreciated by everyone. He was first a music fan and then a tour director.

“He lived for his music and his football by being a Chelsea fan. He was a giant in the music industry. It is rare to find such authentic characters and Craig was the real deal, a real gem. “

Right Said group Fred also paid tribute to their former tour director.

They wrote on Twitter: “Extremely shocked and saddened to learn that Craig Duffy and his partner Sue died in a car accident yesterday.

“Craig was our tour manager in the 90s, we rarely agreed on anything but we had kept in touch and remained friends. He was a great guy and a great MT. Rest in peace.”

Rock band The Damned have said that Mr. Duffy will be sadly missed.

“I first met Craig around 1976 when he was just a child working for John Curd,” they wrote on Facebook. “He was and remained excited about the music, always had a smile and a story to share.

“Over the years he has become a much-deserved manager of the league with whom from time to time we have worked, as he indeed seemed to have worked with so many artists from all musical genres over the course of a long and successful career. A big piece of history has passed with his passing and he will be sadly missed. “


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