Family pay tribute to former Duran Duran tour director Craig Duffy, who worked with Blur after an accident killed him and his partner

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TRIBUTES have been paid to former tour director Duran Duran and his “beloved” partner after being killed in a horror crash.

Craig Duffy, 58, and Sue Parmiter, 55, were on their way home from chemotherapy treatment when their VW Golf crashed into a Mitsubishi Shogun.

Craig and Sue were pronounced dead at the scene in Somerset

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Craig and Sue were pronounced dead at the scene in SomersetCredit: pixel8000

Sadly, the couple could not be rescued and were pronounced dead at the scene of the A39 near Tivington on Friday.

Craig’s devastated family have now paid tribute to the famous music director, who was undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

They said: “With heavy hearts the Duffy family regret to announce the passing of Craig Peter Michael Duffy. Craig died in a car accident near Minehead with his beloved partner, Sue.

“His many years in the music industry have given him friends all over the world and the outpouring of love and support has been amazing to see.

“Craig and Sue had recently started a new life in Somerset where they relished being part of the wonderful community.

“The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all of the friends and neighbors who have been so supportive during this difficult time. Details of the funeral will be announced in the coming weeks.”

‘HE LIVE FOR MUSIC’

A father of two, Craig has worked with bands such as Gorillaz and Blur during his career as an award winning tour director.

He has also supervised concerts for Franz Ferdinand, Russell Watson, Madness, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, U2, Ramones and Ian Dury.

Tributes have poured in for the tragic couple following their death as heartbroken musicians.

Former Duran Duran publicist Gerard Franklin said: “I had the pleasure of working with Craig when he was the tour director for Duran Duran.

“He was the best tour manager you could wish to meet and have on your team.

“He’s worked with many bands, from Duran Duran to Blur and Gorillaz.

“He treated everyone with the same level of respect, courtesy and kindness. He was a team player and always made working with him such a joy and pleasure.

“He was rock and roller in the truest sense – he lived for music and loved his football.

“Above all, I loved working with you, Mr. Duffy, and thank you for being such a gentleman.

Members of Duran Duran paid tribute

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Members of Duran Duran paid tribute

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor wrote on the band’s official website: “It is with great sadness that we learned today of the tragic death of Craig Duffy: friend, musician and one of the great directors. tour of all time.

“Craig and I have spent many hours on the road searching for used vinyl totes around the world. There was no better record shopping associate than Craig, and if you know me, you will know that there is no better sign of friendship than this.

He added, “I’m gonna miss you really, you f **** r. I hope for your good that they play The Clash in Heaven.

As band keyboardist Nick Rhodes said, “We are all heartbroken to hear the shocking news that Craig Duffy and his partner Sue Parmiter have died in a car accident.

“Craig was a larger than life character and a joy to be around. He once won Tour Director of the Year at an industry event, so for us he always has been.” Craig Duffy, Tour Director of the Year “.

Dave Rowntree of Blur wrote: “I’ve spent the day trying to come to terms with the fact that my friend Craig is no longer with us. My heart goes out to his family.

The Pogues said, “RIP Craig Duffy. We’ve tried to get you on so many reunion tours, you were always, always busy! Condolences everyone. Love, The Pogues.”

And Right Said Fred tweeted: “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 kept in touch and remained friends. He was a great guy and a great MT. Rest in peace.”

Sue’s sister paid tribute to the ‘beautiful’ mother of two, who worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.

She said: “I lost my best friend in the world in a car accident. I will miss you, sister, and I don’t know what I’m going to do without you.”

Former Duran Duran tour director Craig Duffy, pictured (left) with Simon Le Bon, was killed in an accident alongside his partner

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Former Duran Duran tour director Craig Duffy, pictured (left) with Simon Le Bon, was killed in an accident alongside his partner
Mr. Duffy, who also worked with Blur and Gorillaz, is remembered as a

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Mr. Duffy, who also worked with Blur and Gorillaz, is remembered as a “team player” by friends.Credit: Facebook
Sue worked in a hotel in Portsmouth

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Sue worked in a hotel in PortsmouthCredit: pixel8000
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