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Duran Duran and Blur tour manager is killed in road crash with partner

Tributes have been paid to Duran Duran’s former tour manager and his ‘beautiful’ partner after they both killed in car crash on their home from his chemotherapy treatment.

Craig Duffy and Sue Parmiter were driving their VW Golf down a coastal road near Minehead, Somerset when they were involved in the fatal collision with a Mitsubishi 4×4.

Paramedics and police rushed to the scene where the couple were both declared dead.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. 

Tributes have been paid to Duran Duran’s former tour manager Craig Duffy and his ‘beautiful’ partner Sue Parmiter after they both killed in car crash on their home from his chemotherapy treatment. Pictured: Craig (left) with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon (top right)

Craig and Sue were just two miles away from their home in Allerford, Somerset when they were killed.

They had been returning home from Craig’s chemotherapy treatment.

Somewhat of a touring legend, the father-of-two had worked with bands including Duran Duran, Gorillaz and Blur during a hugely successful career.

He had also built up a 22-year working relationship with Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn. 

Yesterday several bands paid tribute to the tour manager, with Right Said Fred tweeting: ‘Extremely shocked and saddened to hear that Craig Duffy and his partner Sue died in a car crash yesterday.

Somewhat of a touring legend, the father-of-two had worked with bands including Duran Duran, Gorillaz and Blur during a hugely successful career

Somewhat of a touring legend, the father-of-two had worked with bands including Duran Duran, Gorillaz and Blur during a hugely successful career

‘Craig was our tour manager in the 90s, we rarely agreed on anything but we had stayed in touch and remained friends. He was a good guy and an excellent TM. Rest in peace.’

A post from The Damned said: ‘RIP Craig Duffy. I first met Craig around 1976 when he was just a kid working for John Curd. He was and remained enthused with music, always had a smile and an anecdote to share.

‘Over the years he became a very deserved top of the league tour manager who, on and off, we worked with as indeed he seemed to have worked with so many artists from all genres of music in a long and successful career.

‘A huge chunk of history has disappeared with his passing and he will be missed by many. My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this most tragic time.’

Craig’s partner Sue had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth.

Colleagues at the hotel said yesterday: ‘She was a beautiful, kind-hearted, always thoughtful and helpful person.

‘Truly stunning inside and out, with the most gorgeous laugh. Her creativity will live forever throughout the hotel and we won’t ever stop missing her.’ 

Craig's partner Sue had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth. Colleagues described her as 'a beautiful, kind-hearted, always thoughtful and helpful person'

Craig’s partner Sue had worked at the Queen Hotel in Portsmouth. Colleagues described her as ‘a beautiful, kind-hearted, always thoughtful and helpful person’

Nick Courtney, from Book.Events, said: ‘RIP Craig Duffy who worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the music industry with most of the legendary bands that I loved growing up and RIP Sue Parmiter, a beautiful soul who would always take the time to stop and chat whenever we crossed paths.

‘You will be missed by many. Thoughts go out to all your family and friends, it was a pleasure knowing you both.’

Entec Sound and Light said: ‘All of us at Entec are absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic loss of one of our closest friends and one of the Entec family for many years.

‘Craig Duffy and his partner Sue were tragically killed in a car crash while driving home from his Chemotherapy treatment.

Craig and Sue were just two miles away from their home in Allerford, Somerset when they were killed.

Craig and Sue were just two miles away from their home in Allerford, Somerset when they were killed.

‘Our industry won’t be the same without Craig. Our condolences go out to his boys Matthew and Marcus and the rest of his and Sue’s families.’ 

Avon and Somerset Police said they were appealing for witnesses with any dashcam footage of the collision on the A39 road between Minehead and Porlock.

A spokesperson said: ‘The collision, between a VW Golf and a Shogun, happened at just before 3.30pm on Friday near Tivington.

‘Emergency crews were called to the location but sadly two people in the Golf, a man and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.

‘One man, who was in the Shogun, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.’


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