Undertaker offers to repatriate Freddie Starr from Spain

Undertaker offers to repatriate Freddie Starr from Spain and bury him for free after the comedian’s carer feared he would have a pauper’s funeral with an unmarked grave

  • Michael Fogg has offered to pay for cost of bring Freddie Starr’s body to the UK
  • Sheffield-based undertaker said Starr was a legend and he wanted to help family
  • Starr’s carer said she feared comedian would have ‘pauper’s funeral’ in Spain 
  • The 76-year-old died at Costa del Sol apartment last week after spell of ill health 

An undertaker has offered to repatriate the body of Freddie Starr and bury him for free after the late comedian’s carer said she feared he would have a ‘pauper’s funeral’ in Spain.

Michael Fogg, who runs a funeral business in Sheffield, said he wanted to help because he was a fan of Starr and ‘couldn’t bear the thought of his family being in turmoil’ over the comic being left in an unmarked grave.

Starr, 76, died at his Costa Del Sol apartment on Thursday and his carer Nelly Georgieva, 47, said she could not afford to bury him and claimed his family had not been in touch about funeral arrangements.

Mr Fogg said he has now spoken to Starr’s third wife Donna who was ‘blown away’ by his gesture.

Sheffield-based undertaker Michael Fogg, pictured, has offered to pay for the repatriation of late comedian Freddie Starr to the UK and his subsequent burial amid fears he would end up in an unmarked grave in Spain

Starr, left, died last week aged 76 and his carer and friend Nelly Georgieva, 47, right, said she could not afford to bury him and feared he would have a ‘pauper’s funeral’

Mr Fogg said on Facebook he wanted to help the family of Starr because ‘no one knows what’s around the corner’ 

Writing on Facebook, Mr Fogg said: ‘We have been in contact an offered to pay for the Repatriation and also the care for Freddie.

‘And no cost to anyone but us rest in peace. A legend x

‘Thus (sic) is why iv (sic) been collecting food for foodbanks Clothes for the homeless. Easter eggs for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get one.

‘No one knows what’s around the corner.’

He also told The Sun: ‘They [the family] are on board, so it’s just a case of putting everything in order. She was a bit surprised.

‘I’m a funeral director but I haven’t always been a funeral director – so I know what it’s like to have nothing. I think that why I made the offer.’

Mr Fogg added: ‘You shouldn’t judge a man by his wealth, you should judge a man by who likes him – the wealth of a man is who attends his funeral.’ 

Under Spanish law if a body is not claimed, town hall officials take over and perform a pauper’s burial.

A basic funeral in Spain costs almost £3,000 and a tearful Ms Georgieva said she would be unable to afford that.

Speaking over the weekend, she said: ‘I only have my savings, I don’t have the money to bury him here.

Starr was found dead at his Costa Del Sol home, pictured, on Thursday last week and documents have revealed that he was in huge debt

Ms Georgieva, pictured, was close to Starr but said she has been left to cover the cost of his medical bills and could not afford it

Starr, right, and left, photographed at home with his second wife, Sandy, in 1974 who he married at the height of his fame. The couple had three children together

‘Although I believe this is what Freddie would have wanted because he always felt a little hurt that the British public had turned against him in the later years.

‘I would prefer him to stay in Spain because it would mean I’d get to visit his grave more and pay my respects.’

She also claimed she had been left with a bill for thousands of Euros over his unpaid medical bills.

Meanwhile one of Starr’s daughters claims her father punched her pregnant mother and walked out before their wedding. 

Tara Coleman-Starr, 22, says she may not go to Freddie Starr’s funeral as she is ashamed of having him for a father.  

The TV icon’s daughter made a series of claims in an interview with the Mirror, alleging that Freddie had punched her pregnant mother in the stomach and demanded she have an abortion before walking out on her when she was just six months old.   

Tara Coleman-Starr, 22, says she may not go to her father Freddie Starr’s funeral because she is ’embarrassed to be his daughter’. Her mother Trudy is pictured with Starr right in 1993

Ms Coleman-Starr also claimed her father later returned, only to call her a spiteful girl who deserved ‘the world’s biggest slap’.

She also alleges that Freddie Starr left her so traumatised she needed therapy from the age of 14, and on one occasion frightened her so much she had lock herself in a bathroom – as he said: ‘You can run but you can’t hide’. 

Ms Coleman-Starr, a dog groomer who lives with her mother in Solihull, West Midlands, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘No one wants to believe their dad is an evil, manipulative man. He never gave me a birthday present or Christmas card. He never tried to be a father.

‘I don’t think he’s capable of love. I’m embarrassed to be his daughter.’

Ms Georgieva said Starr, who had been married five times, had been suffering from poor health after being hospitalised just before Christmas and said that his 60-a-day cigarette habit had not helped.

She added Starr’s finances had been drained in recent years and that he owed thousands of pounds in unpaid water bills and community fees at the complex where he lived.

Speaking on Friday from the two-bedroom apartment she shared with Starr she said: ‘He didn’t have a lot of money in the end, he was very careful with his finances.

‘Last year I found out that he hadn’t been paying the electricity for three years and had racked up a bill of between 1500 and 2000Euros. In the end I had to pay it from my own money.

‘I also found out that he owed thousands in unpaid water bills and service charges. A Man stopped me recently and shouted that Freddie hadn’t paid for this, hadn’t paid for that. Apart from a pension, I don’t think he had any more cash.’

Liverpool funnyman Freddie Starr poses with dance troupe Hot Gossip in 1982. The comedian died aged 76 after a period of ill health including a spell in hospital at the turn of the year

Police sources said there was nothing to suggest the death was suspicious. Right: Starr pictured at a restaurant in Marbella, Spain in 2015 where he lived for several years before his death, and left, on the Des O’Connor Tonight show in the 80s

Mother of one Ms Georgieva said that his health had deteriorated particularly over the last six months and he struggled to walk far because of his asthma.

She continued: ‘He hadn’t been in the best of health, he’d had a quadruple bypass and had serious problems with his asthma.

‘Twice in the last four years I had to call an ambulance for him when he was in a bad way and struggling to breathe. The last time was just before Christmas. I was really worried about him and said ‘what am I going to do if you die? Who do I call?

‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster’ 

Lea La Salle, who said Freddie Starr ate her hamster

On March 13, 1986 The Sun newspaper published a story with the headline ‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster’.

He had been staying in Cheshire with Vince McCaffrey – whose girlfriend Lea La Salle claimed Starr came home from a gig in Manchester and told her to make him a sandwich, the story claimed.

When she declined, Starr reportedly put her pet hamster Supersonic between two slices of bread and ate it.

But Starr dismissed the claims in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped, saying: ‘I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal’.

‘But he just laughed and said ‘I’m not going to die’.

‘He never spoke about his family much, I knew that he’d been married several times and had many children but nobody ever came to visit him.

‘To be honest I’m not even sure if some of them even knew where he was. ‘Whenever I asked him about them he’d change the subject.’

The carer’s comments come after Starr’s friend Jim Davidson revealed the comic had ‘threatened to kill himself by eating concrete’ following his arrests on child sex allegations.

The revelation from Mr Davidson came as it was found that the Liverpool-born star ‘faced being made homeless’ over a huge debt to the woman he lost a libel case against over sex abuse claims.

Starr sold up and left the UK in 2015 after losing a £1 million libel case against Karin Ward, then 57.

She claimed he had put his hand up her skirt when she was a teenager, before callously dismissing her as an ‘a***less wonder.’

He sued her for libel after she gave interviews saying she was ‘horribly, horribly humiliated’ by the fallen comic.

A High Court judge ruled Miss Ward was telling the truth and dismissed the case in July 2015.

Public Spanish documents show lawyers acting for Ms Ward secured an interim charging order in January 2017 on the Costa townhouse where he died for £380,000 plus almost £115,000 in interest.

Starr was also arrested on four occasions between 2012 and 2014 in connection with Operation Yewtree but no charges were ever brought against him. 

Mr Davidson, 65, revealed that the legal cases had left Starr ‘broken’ and that his career had ended in a ‘sad way’.  

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