Doesn’t fear death

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Roger Dal­trey doesn’t worry about dy­ing de­spite hav­ing many fallen friends. The 72-year-old lead singer of The Who was honored with The Mu­sic In­dus­try Trust Award at Lon­don’s Grosvenor House on Mon­day where he said he doesn’t lose sleep over the fact he could die soon, de­spite mu­sic leg­ends in­clud­ing David Bowie and Prince pass­ing away this year. He told The Sun news­pa­per: “I don’t worry about that - that’s just life. It might be me next year.” The ‘Pin­ball Wizard’ hit­maker was pre­sented with the ac­co­lade - to rec­og­nize his char­ity work for the Teenage Can­cer Trust and mu­sic ther­apy char­ity Nord­off Rob­bins - by for­mer ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clark­son, who used his speech to say how much he thinks the leg­endary rocker should get a knight­hood. Speak­ing at the star-stud­ded bash, he said: “They’ve given knight­hoods to Philip Green, Fred The Shred, Jimmy Sav­ille, then Roger’s sit­ting down there with a CBE. I mean come on?” Whilst on stage ac­cept­ing his award, Dal­trey ded­i­cated the ac­co­lade to his liv­ing and dead Who band­mates, Pete Town­shend and the late John En­twislte and Keith Moon, and praised the char­i­ties he works with. He said: “I got lucky. I found John En­twistle. I found Pete Townsend. I don’t know if it was lucky but I found Keith Moon! “The Teenage Can­cer Trust not only helps teenagers; it also helps par­ents. And it takes so much work to main­tain where we are with Nord­off Rob­bins.” It comes af­ter Dal­trey said he “didn’t want to live” dur­ing his menin­gi­tis bat­tle. The ‘My Gen­er­a­tion’ star fell des­per­ately ill with the in­fec­tion in 2015, lead­ing to him can­celling a se­ries of planned ap­pear­ances, and he ad­mit­ted he was con­vinced he would not sur­vive his health strug­gles. Speak­ing be­fore The Who’s per­for­mance at Desert Trip Festival in Oc­to­ber, he ex­plained: “I can’t be­lieve I am go­ing to be there if I am hon­est. “A year ago, I was lit­er­ally at death’s door. I had menin­gi­tis. It was no joke, it was se­ri­ous. “For a cou­ple of days, I re­ally thought I was go­ing to die. I gave up. “I didn’t want to live, it was so painful. It was hor­ri­ble. Noth­ing worked and it was agony.”

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