Rick Parfitt in Status Quo – I never thought I’d have anything in common with him ,but sadly I do . I read this in last week’s Guardian .It may sound silly but it breaks my heart hearing his pain.
”I’ll never forget the day my two and a half year old daughter, Heidi, died in the swimming pool. I sat on the lawn with her after pulling her out of the pool .I sat on the lawn with Richard ( his son ) beside me and he said ”I’m sure I just saw her hand move Dad” and I said ”You didn’t ” We were just waiting for the ambulance .Just sat with her in my arms.It was terrible,terrible.And that was that .I went off the rails and poor Marietta ( his wife ) stayed at home and I was away .Management at the time did say to me ” Look , do you want to tour?” and I said ”yes, I do .”. I also remember Cliff Richard coming up to the house one day and saying to me ” She was too good for this world and God wanted her back” which was complete and utter bollocks.I didn’t quite get what anyone was trying to say to me .I had priests come up the house.None of them made any sense to me at all. My little Heidi’s gone and you’re telling me God wanted her back .Well. I wanted her here .I ran out in the garden one night, going out of my mind , and I ripped my shirt open .I looked up and I said ”If you’ve got Heidi let me know, will you ? give me a sign”
And of course you don’t get any .Life went on and you learn to live with it, but you never get over it .Never.