Tour manager to top bands is killed in West Somerset collision along with partner

A FORMER tour manager to bands including U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was killed along with his partner in the crash between Minehead and Porlock on Friday.

Craig Duffy and Sue Parminter were in their VW Golf when the car was in collision with a Mitsubishi Shogun on the A39 near Tivington. The driver of the Shogun was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Social media reports say Mr Duffy was on his way home after having chemotherapy and the couple were just two miles from Allerford where they lived.

Mr Duffy’s phenomenal, award-winning music career included tours since 1992 with the Franz Ferdinand, Russell Watson, Madness, Lily Allen, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, U2, Ramones and Ian Dury, Duran Duran, Blur and the Gorrillaz.

Gerard Franklin, Duran Duran’s former publicist, tweeted that Mr Duffy was a joy to work with because he was a team player who treated everyone with the same level of respect, courtesy and kindness.

“He was a rock and roller in the truest sense of the word – he lived for music and loved his football,” he said.


Police are appealing for dash cam footage of the collision which happened just before 3.30pm.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: “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.

“Specially trained officers will be supporting the families of the victims.

“If you saw this collision, or have any information which could help our investigation, please contact the Roads Policing Unit by calling 101 and giving the call handler the reference number 5221111873.”


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